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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Classic Horror Films: Day 20 (THE BAT - 1959)

Usually women in horror films are poor little creatures just screaming their souls out - chased by some maniac killer, aren’t they? You have the picture, right?

Great. Now take the lady from your imagination – and insert one of my all-time favourite actresses: Agnes Moorehead. Does the lady still look weak? Not really.. Endora from Bewitched wouldn't give in, would she?

That sassy woman (as gorgeous as always) now needs an equal partner, doesn’t she? So – we just take the crush of my life: Vincent Price – and we have what? Sure! The film of the day:

The Bat (1959)

Cornelia van Gorder (Agnes Moorehead) is a popular author of crime stories. With her housekeeper Lizzie (Lenita Lane) she just moved into the mansion of shortly diseased John Fleming (Harvey Stephens) – who had embezzled $ 1 Mio. from his bank and hidden somewhere in his house.

Dangerous situation – because also serial killer “The Bat” is searching the house for the money – and leaving some dreadful killed victims. Chauffeur Warner (John Sutton) is very suspect – and so is Dr. Wells (Vincent Price).. Will Lt. Anderson (Gavin Gordon) get “the bat” in time?

What can I say? I love it. Gorgeous cast – and for those who like to see what happened to former child actors: Darla Hood - yes, sweet Darla from Our Gang - has a part in this film, too..


monty said...

I confess I have only seen clips of this movie, now I want to see the whole thing thanks to your wonderful post. Thank you Irene.

Irene Palfy said...

Oh, thank you, Monty. It's a nice little movie - with a wonderful cast..


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