The Devil Bat (1940)

imdb rating5.6Rotten Tomatoes rating58%
Dr. Carruthers feels bitter at being betrayed by his employers, Heath and Morton, when they became rich as a result of a product he devised. He gains revenge by electrically enlarging bats and sending them out to kill his employers' family members by instilling in the bats a hatred for a particular perfume he has discovered, which he gets his victims to apply before going outdoors. Johnny Layton, a reporter, finally figures out Carruthers is the killer and, after putting the perfume on himself, douses it on Carruthers in the hopes it will get him to give himself away. One of the two is attacked as the giant bat makes one of its screaming, swooping power dives.


Jean Yarbrough


Bela Lugosi - Dr. Paul Carruthers
Suzanne Kaaren - Mary Heath
Dave O'Brien - Johnny Layton
Guy Usher - Henry Morton
Yolande Donlan - Maxine
Donald Kerr - 'One-Shot' McGuire
Edmund Mortimer - Martin Heath
Gene O'Donnell - Don Morton
Alan Baldwin - Tommy Heath
John Ellis - Roy Heath
Arthur Q. Bryan - Joe McGinty
Hal Price - Chief Wilkins
John Davidson - Prof. Percival Garland Raines
Billy Griffith - Coroner (scenes deleted)
Wally Rairden - Walter King
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