The Bat

Synopsis: Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago had been the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities, and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but he is killed before he can retrieve the money. Thus the lonely country house soon becomes the site of many mysterious and dangerous activities.
Director(s): Crane Wilbur
Production: American Pop Classics
80 min

of course, chief

of detectives of the

Zenith police department.

This is Miss Allen.

How do you do?

Lieutenant Anderson is one

of our favorite citizens.

He's on the bank's

board of directors.

Not bad for a policeman.

You must have made

a good thing of it.

Well, I saved my money,

if that's what you mean.

It's near closing time.

And I've got some business in

the safe deposit vault. Please

come and see me, Mrs. Bailey.

Oh, I'd love to.

And you, Lieutenant.

Thank you.


Goodbye, nice to have met you.

My, what a charming woman.

She moved into the Oaks

just the other day.

That house is a proper sitting

for a writer of mysteries.

Oh, it certainly is.

Dick, what's the matter?

Come in here, both of you.

Andy, we're in trouble.

Wendell hynes came in to pick

up $350,000 worth of bonds

that we were holding as

collateral for a loan.

They were kept in

our special fault.

Mr. Fleming and I

are the only officers

of the bank who have

access to that vault.


The hynes bonds are gone.

That's not all.

Other negotiable

securities are missing.

From what I can gather

short of a careful check,

the bank has been looted

of over a million dollars

worth of securities.

You'll have to notify Fleming.

I wish I could talk to him.

Unfortunately, he and Dr.

Wells are deep in the woods.

They can't be reached by phone.

What is it?

I thought I heard

someone on the path coming

from the lake, had an idea it

might be that guide of ours.

Oh, Sam won't show

up until morning.

It's a 20-mile canoe trip

from here to civilization.

Five will get you 10

Sam has a message for me.

I thought you told them at

the bank not to bother you.

I did.

But they'll bother me.


Yes, John.

What would you do

for half a million?

Anything short of murder.

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Crane Wilbur

Crane Wilbur (November 17, 1886 – October 18, 1973) was an American writer, actor and director for stage, radio and screen. He was born in Athens, New York. Wilbur is best remembered for playing Harry Marvin in The Perils of Pauline. He died in Toluca Lake, California.He was a prolific writer and director of at least 67 films from the silent era into the sound era, but it was as an actor that he found lasting recognition, particularly playing opposite Pearl White in the iconoclastic serial The Perils of Pauline. He brought to the first motion pictures merry eyes, a great, thick crop of wavy, black hair and an athlete's interest in swimming and horseback riding. Twelve years of stage experience prepared him for his venture into the new art of silent motion pictures. He was one of the first to explore the techniques required to communicate through the wordless shadows of the movies. more…

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