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The Bat (1926) with soundtrack


1926 directed by Roland West starring George Beranger, Charles Herzinger and Emily Fitzroy. Sets designed by William Cameron Menzies. A criminal who dresses like a bat, intent on finding hidden money, scares the guests at an old, dark house rented by a mystery writer.

The Bat (1926 in film) is a silent film based on the 1920 hit Broadway theatre The Bat (play) by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, directed by Roland West and starring Jack Pickford and Louise Fazenda.


  • George Beranger - Gideon Bell (billed as Andre de Beranger)
  • Charles Herzinger - Courleigh Fleming
  • Emily Fitzroy - Miss Cornelia Van Gorder
  • Louise Fazenda - Lizzie Allen
  • Arthur Housman - Richard Fleming (billed as Arthur Houseman)
  • Robert McKim (actor) - Dr. Wells
  • Jack Pickford - Brooks Bailey
  • Jewel Carmen - Miss Dale Ogden
  • Sojin Kamiyama - Billy, the Butler
  • Tullio Carminati - Detective Moletti
  • Eddie Gribbon - Detective Anderson
  • Lee Shumway - The Unknown


Writer Cornelia Van Gorder (Fitzroy) rents a house for the summer. In the house, people search for hidden loot while a caped killer (nicknamed "The Bat") murders them one by one.


Film remakes:
  • Director Roland West remade his film four years later as The Bat Whispers (1930), with Chester Morris and Una Merkel, and also released by United Artists.
  • A 1959 remake, The Bat (1959 film), starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead, was released by Allied Artists.
TV adaptations include:
  • Broadway Television Theatre (1953) 60-minute TV series (WOR-TV, syndicated), with Estelle Winwood, Alice Pearce, and Jay Joslyn
  • Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (1960) 60-minute NBC-TV series, with Helen Hayes, Margaret Hamilton, and Jason Robards.
  • Der Spinnenmörder (1978) 88-minute German TV movie

Connection to Bob Kane's "Batman"

Comic-book creator Bob Kane said in his 1989 autobiography Batman and Me that the villain of the 1930 film The Bat Whispers was an inspiration for his character Batman.

Category:1926 films
Category:American silent feature films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films based on plays
Category:American mystery films
Category:Films directed by Roland West
Category:American comedy horror films
Category:American films
Category:Haunted house films
Category:1920s thriller films


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