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The Bat (1926)

A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.


Roland West (uncredited)


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Complete credited cast:
George Beranger ... Gideon Bell (as André de Béranger)
Charles Herzinger ... Man in Black Mask
Emily Fitzroy ... Miss Cornelia Van Gorder
Louise Fazenda ... Lizzie Allen
Arthur Housman ... Richard Fleming (as Arthur Houseman)
Robert McKim ... Dr. Wells
Jack Pickford ... Brooks Bailey
Jewel Carmen ... Miss Dale Ogden
Sôjin Kamiyama ... Billy - the Butler (as Sojin Kamiyama)
Tullio Carminati ... Detective Moletti
Eddie Gribbon ... Detective Anderson
Lee Shumway ... The Unknown


A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

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A laugh with every gasp!


Mystery | Thriller







Release Date:

21 March 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Rätsel der Fledermaus See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was highly regarded for its visuals, especially for its cinematography, elaborate sets and special effects. Roland West could only top it by remaking it four years later as The Bat Whispers (1930) with sound and in an early 70mm process. See more »


[title card]: Can you keep a secret? Don't reveal the identity of "The Bat". Future audiences will fully enjoy this mystery play if left to find out for themselves.
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Featured in Cinemassacre's Bat-a-Thon (2008) See more »

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deserves to be in top 100 movies of all time
18 January 2004 | by non_sportcardandySee all my reviews

No hesitation in giving this movie a 10.In the past I've given some movies an 8 but compared to them "The Bat" deserves an 15,honestly.Taking into consideration that it's vintage it does so much without the benefit of modern technology.The viewer is given the impression that the main setting takes place in a huge mansion with 3 or 4 levels(I lost count),with it's dark shadows and at tmes slanted looking scenery it can be dreamy looking.The setting is only one of the ingredients that makes this movie so entertaining,it goes back and forth from being funny to scary smoothly,it seems to have the viewer at it's mercy.One of the interesting characters is Bloodhound Anderson-super sleuth,with his derby hat he resembles Mr.McNab the truant officer from "little lulu" comic books.He does his share of trembling while holding two six shooters.Adding plenty of comedy also is the maid played by the very popular Louise Fazenda.The movie overall is eerie and suspenseful with the Bat fierce looking.Watch it by yourself in a dark room.

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