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

Why not murder?

Too messy.

Dr. hynes:
Too great a risk?

For half a million?


I pinched a million

from the bank.

I'm not kidding.

I embezzled it.

Not that I think

you wouldn't do it

if you thought you

could get away with it.

I got away with it.

I'm not talking about currency.

I took negotiable

securities that

could be converted into cash.

I have the cash, in tens,

twenties, and hundreds.

I'm your doctor,

not your lawyer.

Why tell me this?

You'll find out why.

Who's going to take the

blame for the robbery?

Bailey, the cashier,l

they'll never suspect me.

I like Bailey.

Well, so do i. I love the guy.

I gave him his first chance.

He has a lovely little wife.

Charming girl, I

was the best man.

Where's the million?

In my family's tomb in Zenith,

in the crypt with my father's


I don't buy that, John.


No, you forget that

I had you in charge

when you were a very sick man,

when you raved in delirium.

And I heard you talk

about a hidden room.

Now, where else could

you put a hidden room

except in that

mansion you built,

that white elephant

you call the Oaks?

Look, everyone knows

I have a bad heart.

Who would doubt it if you

wired the bank directors

that my heart had failed, that

I had fallen from a great height

here in the woods, and that

I was badly smashed up?

You could ship the

body back for burial,

and instruct them not to open

the casket due to the condition

of its contents.

Well, you realize,

of course, that we'd

have to have a body to

put in that casket, which

means that we'd have to deal

with an undertaker at this end.

Of course.

But where do we get a body?

Couldn't we provide

one of our own?

How about Sam?


Our guide?

Sam weighs about

as much as I do.

He's practically a hermit.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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