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The main title card reads: ROLAND WEST presents his production of "THE BAT." Of the four names listed as "Assistants on Production" in the opening titles, Frank Hall Crane and Thornton Freeland were primarily directors and likely served as associate or assistant directors on the film. Hal C. Kern was primarily a film editor and likely served in that capacity on the film. Ned Herbert Mann primarily specialized in special effects and likely served in that capacity on the film.
       Roland West produced and directed another adaptation of Mary Rinehart Roberts and Avery Hopgood's play The Bat in 1930, under the title The Bat Whispers (see entry).        A second adaptation, titled The Bat was made in 1959 by Liberty Pictures/Allied Artists (see ... More Less

The main title card reads: ROLAND WEST presents his production of "THE BAT." Of the four names listed as "Assistants on Production" in the opening titles, Frank Hall Crane and Thornton Freeland were primarily directors and likely served as associate or assistant directors on the film. Hal C. Kern was primarily a film editor and likely served in that capacity on the film. Ned Herbert Mann primarily specialized in special effects and likely served in that capacity on the film.
       Roland West produced and directed another adaptation of Mary Rinehart Roberts and Avery Hopgood's play The Bat in 1930, under the title The Bat Whispers (see entry).        A second adaptation, titled The Bat was made in 1959 by Liberty Pictures/Allied Artists (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Mar 1926
p. 7.
New York Times
15 Mar 1926
p. 18.
Photoplay
May 1926
p. 48.
Variety
17 Mar 1926
p. 38.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A United Artists Picture
A Roland West Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Continuity
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst on Prod
Asst on Prod
Asst on Prod
Asst on Prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood (New York, 23 Aug 1920), produced on the stage by Lincoln A. Wagenhals and Collin Kemper, which was based on the novel The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart (Indianapolis, 1908).
MUSIC
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 March 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Feature Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 March 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22528
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,219
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A master crook, known as "The Bat" because of his disguise, announces a jewel theft in advance but is foiled by a rival crook at the scene of the crime. Their trail leads to the Courtleigh Fleming estate, now leased to Cornelia Van Gorder, a wealthy spinster. The reported death of banker Fleming and the disappearance of Brooks Bailey, a young cashier in love with Dale (Miss Van Gorder's niece), add to the complications of a $200,000 bank robbery. Brooks, masquerading as a gardener, remains concealed in the house, hoping to unravel the mystery. Lizzie, a servant, suspects everyone, including Dr. Wells, the butler, and Detective Moletti. The Bat, who has killed Moletti and is impersonating him, is finally captured in a ... +


A master crook, known as "The Bat" because of his disguise, announces a jewel theft in advance but is foiled by a rival crook at the scene of the crime. Their trail leads to the Courtleigh Fleming estate, now leased to Cornelia Van Gorder, a wealthy spinster. The reported death of banker Fleming and the disappearance of Brooks Bailey, a young cashier in love with Dale (Miss Van Gorder's niece), add to the complications of a $200,000 bank robbery. Brooks, masquerading as a gardener, remains concealed in the house, hoping to unravel the mystery. Lizzie, a servant, suspects everyone, including Dr. Wells, the butler, and Detective Moletti. The Bat, who has killed Moletti and is impersonating him, is finally captured in a beartrap. +

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