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The Bat Whispers

Separate Admission $1.25

“The Bat Whispers
had been done before as a silent, also by Roland West, and has been done again since as a lesser Vincent Price vehicle. This first talkie version, despite being designed to take advantage of the temporary boom in 70mm wide-screens, was somewhat of a flop commercially. The Bat Whispers remained resolutely a movie, being far more concerned with pictorial inventiveness and lighting than with being a talkie, this at a time when stage adaptations were all the rage. A great many scenes in the film directly derive from Fritz Lang. The remarkably impressionistic bank robbery scene is pure Lang, as is the black-gloved hand snuffing out the candle, a happy borrowing from Metropolis.”

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