The Bat (1926 film)

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The Bat
Theatrical poster
Directed by Roland West
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Roland West
Written by Roland West
Julien Josephson
George Marion, Jr. (intertitles)
Based on The Bat
by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood and the novel The Circular Staircase by Rinehart
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 date
  • March 14, 1926 (1926-03-14)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
The Bat

The Bat (1926) is a silent film based on the 1920 Broadway hit The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, directed by Roland West and starring Jack Pickford and Louise Fazenda. This film was a big influence for a popular superhero, Batman.


Writer Cornelia Van Gorder (Fitzroy) rents a house for the summer. In the house, people search for hidden loot while a caped killer (nicknamed "The Bat") murders them one by one.



Director Roland West made his cast work at night. "Given the quiet of the studio at midnight, when no other companies are working, and plenty of spooky music from an orchestra, the players really are in a mood to simulate dark deeds".[1]


Film remakes:

TV adaptations include:


  1. ^ Vieira, Mark A. (2003). Hollywood Horror: From Gothic to Cosmic. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. p. 19. ISBN 0-8109-4535-5. 

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