Ralph and Rick resent: The Bat!
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In this, the first movie to be "riffed" by the team of Ralph and Rick, mystery writer Cornelia "Talentless Hack" Van Gorder rents a country house for the perpetually gloomy soundstage summer.
Little does she realize that her lease allows for a constant flow of unintelligible police chiefs, bat-obsessed doctors, elbow-packing butlers and interchangeable female characters in and out of the place.
Even a horrendous murder carried out by a masked maniac with real steel claws on his glove does nothing to assuage her annoyance.
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* Chill to scenes from the semi-classic silent version!
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After all is said and done I highly recommend this dvd for anyone who is a fan of Rifftrax, Mystery Science Theater 3000 or Cinematic Titanic.
Watched it on a $400 Dell DLP projector, 110" screen, with upscaling $60.00 Sony Blu-Ray player, and a modest Bose 3-2-1 audio system I got off Craigslist for $300.00.
Oh wow. Wow! SPECTACULAR! My theater room packed with guests was captivated and enthralled at the experience.
Crisp, crystal clear, pristine film tonality in glorious black & white, 16 x 9 aspect ratio, sound track was attended to equality to the film. I can't say enough about how virgin this DVD experience was. I hope you understand what I mean by that. Let me put it this way; We thought we were in the theater on opening night back in 1959. And you will, too.
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It starts at “The Oaks”, a huge mansion near the sea, that was rented for the summer. Her servants are uneasy, they heard about the murders that occurred earlier. It was blamed on “The Bat”, an unknown killer. Miss Van Gorter rushes to the bank, it is owned by a banker who vacations in the North Woods. Van Gorter writes popular murder mysteries. She is told the bank keeps $350,000 in bonds in their vault, but they are missing! The vacationing bank owner tells his Doctor about his embezzlement! Who will take the blame? It’s the Cashier who will be blamed. The banker wants to create an unidentifiable body as his own so he can disappear with over a million dollars! [These figures date to the 1920s when an average income was less than $500.] It’s an offer the Doctor can’t refuse! But the woods are on fire, can they get away? Yes. Elsewhere a storm threatens that mansion. Victor Bailey the VP was arrested and charged with the theft. Van Gorter’s servants left as they were scared.
They learn “The Bat” killed two women! Noise scares Van Gorter and her assistant. A hand with claws is thrust through a window! Van Gorter calls the police for help, then locks themselves into a room. A man without a face enters the house! “I have a gun and I know how to use it.” A bat flies into their room. Elsewhere a man tests a bat. Dr. Wells leaves to go to “The Oaks”. A man enters his office after he leaves on a house call. Dr. Wells treats the maid, there seems to be no problem. That house has seen earlier tragedies. Mark Fleming is the heir, but he didn’t get any money from Uncle John. Van Gorter hired new servants. Where could that money be hidden? Is there a floor plan to the house? Maybe. A man enters the house and begins searching. Is there another man outside? The women find a man’s body inside! Dr. Wells is called and identifies Mark Fleming! Warner the driver arrives and is questioned. “‘The Bat’ could be anybody” says Lt. Anderson.
Lt. Andy searches the inside of the house then goes outside. The man without a face enters the house and disconnects the telephone, then searches an empty room. The women hear the noise from hammering. They can’t use the telephone! Dale and her friend Judy Hollander search the house. Judy is attacked! Lt. Andy shows up. Where is Werner? Does he have a past? Another case for the Coroner. Dr. Wells shows up, he had an accident. Van Gorter searches that empty room. Elsewhere Dr. Wells finds the man without a face, there is a struggle and a shot! “Something’s wrong” says the maid. Mrs. Davenport is asleep! Where is Miss Cornelia? They find her! The garage is on fire! That masked man returns, he shoots at the women but is shot in return. The identification of “The Bat” is revealed!
This screenplay is by Crane Wilbur, based on the Wagenhals-Kemper play from the famous 1920s novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart. It is more or less faithful to the novel, so you won’t be surprised by the ending. A few years later Agatha Christie wrote “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” which has a similar plot. This has a good story with a lower budget and is entertaining today. Do parts seem implausible? It reflects the times of the 1920s. Does it question authority figures? You won’t see a story like this on TV today! Note the familiarity with firearms (this story was written in the 1920s when Second Amendment rights were respected and un-infringed).