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The Devil Bat (1940)

aka The Devil Bat

"He's Trained His Brood of Blood-Hungry Bats to Kill on Command!"

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Details: 68 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Dr. Paul Carruthers
Small Mary Heath
Small Johnny Layton
No_movie_poster Henry Morton
Small Maxine
No_movie_poster 'One-Shot' McGuire

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No_movie_poster Jean Yarbrough Director
No_movie_poster George Bricker Original Story
No_movie_poster John T. Neville Screenplay

Taglines:

"He's Trained His Brood of Blood-Hungry Bats to Kill on Command!"

Plot:

The story involves a small town cosmetic company chemist (Lugosi) who is upset at his wealthy employers, because he feels they have denied him his due share of company success. To get revenge, he breeds giant bats. He then conditions them to kill those wearing a special after-shave lotion he has concocted. He cleverly distributes the lotion to his enemies as a "test" product.


Once they have applied the lotion, the chemist then releases his Devil Bats in the night, which kill his two former partners and three members of their families. A hot shot big city reporter gets assigned by his editor to cover and help solve the murders. He (O'Brien) and his bumbling photographer (Kerr) begin to unwind the mystery with some comic sidelights. The mad chemist is, predictably, done in by his own shaving lotion, and by his own creation—the dreaded Devil Bat.