The Bat (1926 film)

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The Bat
Theatrical poster
Directed by Roland West
Produced by Roland West
Written by Roland West
Julien Josephson
Based on The Bat 
by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood
Starring Tullio Carminatti
Charles Herzinger
Jewel Carmen
Louise Fazenda
Emily Fitzroy
George Beranger
Arthur Housman
Robert McKim
Cinematography Arthur Edeson
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates 14 March 1926
Country U.S.
Language Silent

The Bat (1926) is a silent film based on the 1920 hit Broadway The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, directed by Roland West and starring Jack Pickford and Louise Fazenda. The story takes place in an old mansion, where people look for hidden loot while a caped killer (nicknamed "The Bat") murders them one by one.


Director Roland West remade his film four years later as The Bat Whispers (1930), with Chester Morris and Una Merkel. A 1959 remake, The Bat, starred Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

Comic-book creator Bob Kane said in his 1989 autobiography Batman and Me that the villain of the 1930 film The Bat Whispers was an inspiration for his character Batman.[1]


  1. ^ The Haunting of Robert Kane!,, September 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2011.

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