The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood was first produced by Lincoln Wagenhals and Collin Kemper in 1920. The story combines elements of mystery and comedy as Cornelia Van Gorder and guests spend a stormy night at her rented summer home, searching for stolen money they believe is hidden in the house, while they are stalked by a masked criminal known as "the Bat". The Bat's identity is revealed at the end of the final act.
Paul Gerard Kennedy
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Joseph N. Welch
Who can be calm when a window rattles or a floor creaks and the wind is screaming around the house, especially if you're going to see a mystery story? Mary Roberts Rinehart wrote some of the American classics in this field and we are going to begin this series of great mysteries with her play, The Bat. As you will see the Bat is a very busy fellow, talented too: theft, arson, murder, all in a night's work. He is in short one of the master criminals of the 1920s. Those were the days, fond, ...