The Bat Whispers


Time Out says

A talkie remake of West's silent The Bat, adapted from a hugely popular Broadway whodunit (by Mary Robert Rinehart and Avery Hopwood). The creaky plot, about a super-thief hiding out in an old dark house and terrifying its inhabitants, is virtually incomprehensible, a non-stop succession of spooky clichés strung together with scant regard for logic or motivation; while attempts to inject humour - centred largely around an hysterical housemaid - are often embarrassingly unfunny. Fascinating, however, is West's unusual visual sense: all enormous shadows, overhead shots, and (for the time) a surprisingly mobile camera. Remade, ineffectually, in 1958 as The Bat.


Release details

85 mins

Cast and crew

Roland West
Chester Morris
Una Merkel
Maud Eburne
William Bakewell
Gustav von Seyffertitz
Grayce Hampton