The Vampire Bat
Directed by Frank R.
Vampire Bat is not the usual run-of-the-mill vampire film.
There are, for instance, no howling wolves—the children of the night
seem to have lost their singing voices. Nor is there a dusty old castle
or any sign of coffins. There is a laboratory though, that looks a little reminiscent of
In the opening sequence an old man is hobbling along the
dusky streets of Kleinschloss. He is carrying a lantern and
leaning heavily on his stick. Some large bats are hanging from the
branches of a nearby tree. The old man glances up at the bats and then
something much larger than a bat crossing the rooftops. He
hobbles off as fast as he can and the camera zooms in on a lighted
upper window just as a woman's scream rips through the night.
Meanwhile the town fathers are engaged in a meeting and are discussing
what they believe to be a resurgence of vampirism. There are five men
sitting at the table, but only one man, Police Inspector
Karl Brettschneider, seems sceptical of the idea of vampires. Karl believes may not believe in
vampires, but people are dying in Kleinschloss, all of them
drained of their blood. The worst thing about all of this is that none of
the villager's preventative measures are working. They lock their
doors, close their windows and clasp crosses to their chests while they
sleep, but they are still drained by the morning.
While the police inspector searches for a rational explanation for the
deaths, Scientist, Dr Otto von Niemann, examines the victims and
soon-to-be-victims and takes the less than scientific view that
a vampire might be responsible.
Dr von Nieman's assistant is the more than lovely Ruth Bertin, played
by Fay Wray, who fans of classic cinema might remember from the
original King Kong movie. As well as being the Dr's assistant Ruth also
spends a lot of time in the arms of Karl and they
make rather an attractive on-screen couple.
Of course, with so many unexplained deaths, the villagers need someone
to point the finger at and it is the slightly dim-witted Herman Gleib
that seems to be on the receiving end of their fingers,
partly because of his unnatural obsession with bats, which he
keeps as pets.
As is so often the case on the silver screen, things are not as
they may seem.
Lionel Atwill ... Dr. Otto von Niemann
Fay Wray ... Ruth Bertin
Melvyn Douglas ... Karl Brettschneider
Maude Eburne ... Aunt Gussie Schnappmann
George E. Stone ... Kringen
Dwight Frye ... Herman Gleib
Robert Frazer ... Emil Borst
Rita Carlyle ... Martha Mueller
Lionel Belmore ... Burgermeister Gustave Schoen
William V. Mong ... Sauer
Stella Adams ... Georgiana
Harrison Greene ... Weingarten
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