The Bat (1959)

CRANE WILBUR

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 1959.  Liberty Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Crane Wilbur, based on the play by  and .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Agnes Moorehead plays a famous writer who comes to a small, peaceful town and rents a secluded mansion in the hopes of getting some writing done.  is a local doctor who turns out to be a mass murderer, and who has intentions of getting into that home in order to find a massive amount of money that the recently deceased bank president of the town embezzled and hid there. The combination of actors plus such a juicy plot should make for something unforgettably scary and fun, but lackluster direction and creaking photography actually turn it into a bad episode of the Addams Family without any of the characterizations or jokes.

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