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


Cornelia Van Gorder


is the Oaks, a house

in the country which

I rented for the summer.

As an author, I write tales

of mystery and murder.

But the things that

happened in this house

were far more fantastic than any

story I've ever had published.

I brought a staff of servants

from my city apartment,

and my maid Lizzy Allen who had

been with me nearly 20 years.


Yes, Miss Cornelia?

Cornelia Van Gorder:

Is the car ready?

It's at the door.



Miss Cornelia, them servants

you brought from the apartment

are talking about

walking out on us.


Well, I know they

don't like it here.

But I didn't think

it was that bad.

Well, they've been hearing

things about the killer

that the police call

the Bat, and the murders

that he committed

here this past winter.

Now people are saying

he's back again.

Well, how can they

be sure of that?

Has he committed another crime?

No, not yet, but that

ain't saying that he won't.

Here's something else.

You've heard about the

bats they have here--

Animal bats, the kind that fly.

Yes, yes.

Look what it says

in this magazine.

This is a report from the

state health department.

And it says some of

them bats is rabid.


And that ain't all.

Now there's a rumor going around

that it was the Bat himself,

the killer I mean, that

released the rabid bats

in this neighborhood.

Oh, that's ridiculous.

Well, the housekeeper,

the cook, the butler,

and the upstairs

maid don't think so.

Well, I can't help

what they think.

If hysterical nonsense like

that can scare them out

of their good jobs, it's

their loss not mine.

Come on, Lizzy.

I've got to get to the bank.

Drive directly to

Zenith bank, Warner.

I'm afraid we'll have to hurry.

It's near closing time.

I'll get you there,

Miss Van Gorder.

Thanks again.

Miss Van Gorder!

How are you doing, Mr. Bailey?

How are you?

I'm very well, thank you.

You remember Lizzy Allen?

Of course, hello, Miss Allen.

How do you do?

So you're spending the

summer with us again?

Yes, yes, I've leased the

Oaks, the home of your bank

president, John Fleming.

I heard you had.

I was surprised.


Is there something

the matter with it?

No, I was surprised

because Mr. Fleming

said he would never rent it.


Well I rented it

from his nephew mark

Fleming who has the

real estate office here.

He said his uncle would

be gone the entire summer.

That's right.

Mr. Fleming's in the north

woods now, with his physician

Dr. Wells.

Oh, pardon me.


I want you to meet my wife.

We were married

at Christmas time.

That must have been nice.

Believe me, it was.

Oh, here she is-- my wife,

Ms. Van Gorder, Ms. Allen.

How do you do?

How do you do?

Cornelia Van Gorder.


Oh, well I've read every murder

mystery you've ever written.

I just adored that weird one,

the private morgue of Dr. X,

even though it gave

me the shivers.

Only the shivers?

Scared hell out of me.


Well, I really need that

Miss Corny killed them off

in that one.

When you refer to

my books, please

don't call me Miss Corny.

Pardon me, Mr. Bailey.


Hynes is here to see you.

Oh yes, excuse me, please.

Don't be strangers now.

No, no we won't.

Oh, so you're a bride?

Well, not quite.

Not since Christmas.

I'm sure I've seen you.

Well, I-- I used to be

my husband's secretary

here in the bank.

Cornelia Van Gorder:

Of course, I remember.

May I welcome our most

distinguished visitor

back to Zenith?

Oh, that's very charming.

But, um--

Lieutenant Anderson.

Lieutenant Anderson,

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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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