The Devil Bat – USA, 1940 – reviews


The Devil Bat is an American 1940 comedy-horror movie directed by Jean Yarbrough (She-Wolf of LondonThe Creeper; Hillbillys in a Haunted House) from a screenplay by John Thomas Neville, based on a story by George Bricker. It was produced by Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC).

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The film stars Bela Lugosi, along with Suzanne Kaaren, Guy Usher, Yolande Mallott, and the comic team of Dave O’Brien and Donald Kerr as the protagonists. In 1946, a sequel titled Devil Bat’s Daughter was released.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“As dire a PRC film as you could hope to see, with script, settings and acting and direction barely good enough to look like a movie and certainly more risible than horrific.” Alan Frank, The Horror Film Handbook (Batsford, 1982)

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Cast and characters:

  • Bela Lugosi as Doctor Paul Carruthers
  • Suzanne Kaaren as Mary Heath
  • Dave O’Brien as Johnny Layton
  • Guy Usher as Henry Morton
  • Yolande Mallott as Maxine
  • Donald Kerr as “One-Shot” McGuire
  • Edward Mortimer as Martin Heath
  • Gene O’Donnell as Don Morton
  • Alan Baldwin as Tommy Heath
  • John Ellis as Roy Heath
  • Arthur Q. Bryan as Joe McGinty
  • Hal Price as Chief Wilkins
  • John Davidson as Prof. Raines
  • Billy Griffith as Coroner
  • Wally Rairdon as Walter King

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