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Devil Bat's Daughter (1946)

Rosemary La Planche , John James , Frank Wisbar  |  Unrated |  DVD
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rosemary La Planche, John James, Michael Hale, Molly Lamont, Nolan Leary
  • Directors: Frank Wisbar
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JWWF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Devil Bat's Daughter" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

For a working definition of Hollywood obscurity, you couldn't do much better than the career of Frank Wisbar, a gifted German filmmaker who found himself, like his fellow émigré Edgar G. Ulmer, under contract at Producers Releasing Corporation, the most desperately poor of the Poverty Row studios of the 1940s. Typical of his hopeless assignments, Devil Bat's Daughter, released in 1946, was the totally unnecessary sequel to one of PRC's few successes, the 1940 Devil Bat with Bela Lugosi; this time, it's Rosemary La Planche--Miss America of 1941!--who falls under suspicion in a series of mysterious killings... has she inherited her father's homicidal instincts? Made during Hollywood's first flirtation with Freudian psychology, the picture is replete with soft-focus dream sequences (with some unconvincing bat effects lifted from the first film) and vague--extremely vague--implications of incest. It's virtually thrill-free, but Wisbar doesn't shrink from his duty, doing his damnedest to come up with creative camera angles and some way of imparting emotion to his waxworks cast. Like many of the Ulmer films of the period, Devil Bat's Daughter bears a strangely touching testimony to the strength of the human spirit--in spite of everything, Wisbar carries on. --Dave Kehr

Product Description

A woman is horrified by the realization that her father may have been a vampire and that she may have inherited his thirst for blood in this sequel to "The Devil Bat." The distraught woman (former Miss America Rosemary LaPlanche) consults a psychiatrist (Michael Hale) for relief from her nightmares, but her torment only grows worse as she becomes caught in a deadly web of deceit. Is she truly one of the living dead--capable of murder--or is she being framed?

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice trash in bad shape October 11, 1999
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William K. Everson featured this movie, together with the superior Strangler of the Swamp, in his excellent book about classic horror films. But it isn't really exciting - no rediscovered treasure from the B movie backlot. Image's version differs from the vhs tape offered by SONY in recent years, but at least the soundtrack hasn't much to offer, while the print is worn and very dark. While I would recommend Strangler of the Swamp, issued together with this one, as being a real attraction for genre fans, this one is too silly and slow of pace. One point for Alexander Steinert's heavy-handed score, and one more for Rosemary LaPlanche.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars At least the cover art is nice... March 30, 2004
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Directed by Frank Wisbar, who also did the much better Strangler of the Swamp (1946), The Devil Bat's Daughter (1946) is supposed to be a sequel to the Bela Lugosi/PRC poverty row cheapie, Devil Bat (1940). And no, Lugosi does not make an appearance in this film...Rosemary La Planche (Miss America 1941) plays Nina MacCarron, daughter to Dr. Paul Carruthers, the character Lugosi played in the original movie. She's come to the small town where all the nasty business with her father occurred a few years ago, and is plagued with nightmares and fainting spells with regards to her father and his work with giant bats (go see the original for a full rundown on that story). After a fainting spell that results in a comatose state, Nina is taken to the police office, where a local doctor decides her malady is out of his league and calls on a new resident to the town, Dr. Clifton Morris (Michael Hale), a big city psychiatrist, to see if he can help. Nina is moved to a local hospital, and Dr. Morris is able to bring her out of her stupor, but visions of bats plague continue to plague her, causing her to flee the hospital to Dr. Morris' home. Despite Dr. Morris' objections, Mrs. Morris (Molly Lamont) talks him into letting Nina stay with them. I probably would have objected a bit more strenuously, as the thought of having some unknown nutcase staying in my house would really put me at unease, but Nina is a really hot babe, so I might be conflicted...anyway, Mrs. Morris' son, Ted Masters (John James) comes home after ending his military service, and shortly becomes smitten with his mother and stepfather's looney new houseguest. Gee, I didn't see that coming...Dr. Morris continues to try and help Nina deal with her reoccurring nightmares, but it soon becomes apparent that Dr. Morris has ulterior motives. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this a movie? October 9, 2003
You watch something like "Devil Bat's Daughter' and you expect maybe a handheld bat puppet or some creature on visible wires--but in this bottom-of-the-barrel effort from PRC, there's nothing. No bat, no special effects, no nothing. You wonder what audiences back in the early 40s made of this zero horror film filler that definitely played the bottom of a double bill? The camera goes fuzzy when you're supposed to be terrified. It looks like the cast and crew had one small room in which to film. Nothing happens. I think the story line revolves around the heroine terrified that she might be a vampire. But--she never even suggests why she would think this since all she does is faint a lot. Rosemary LaPlanche as the bedeviled daughter is much better than expected and she conveys the sense that if given a chance, she coulda been a contendah! The only pluses you can give this penny-budgeted effort is for the title and for the art work on the box. Since I brought the DVD for $4.50 at BestBuy, I don't feel like I really lost anything--except 54 minutes to watch this grade-z cheapie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Source for Image Entertainment DVD August 15, 2008
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The Image Entertainment DVD uses a very old National Telefilm Associates 16mm television syndication print. This results in only a fair image quality and a poor, and often distorted, audio track.
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