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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Bat (1959)

Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead star this nicely done murder mystery.  The Bat is the story of mystery writer Cornelia van Gorder who has rented a house with a dubious past.  Moorehead is delightful as Gorder and commands the screen with her wit and effervescent personality.  Her counterpart is Dr. Malcolm Wells, a physician with few scruples and a motive for murder.  Price is his usual wonderful self in The Bat.  He's such a talented actor who can make even the most ridiculous dialogue believable.

Luckily, Moorehead and Price has a smart script to work with that has a few twists and turns.  Furthermore Crane Wilbur's direction is spot on, even with a limited budget.  His previous credits include one of my all time favorite horror films House of Wax (1953) so Price is, yet again, in very capable hands.

The supporting cast is good as well and add to the sense of drama that unfolds in this film.  The soundtrack is also effective in helping to set the mood for each scene.

While The Bat breaks no new ground in terms of storytelling, it is a well done thriller where we get to see two accomplished actors do their thing with great skill and emotional depth.  Nice!

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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