When the Bat flies... Someone Dies!
On a dark and stormy night, several innocent people, one bank robber, a few police detectives, one comic screeching maid, and a mysterious murdering criminal called the Bat are holed up in a proverbial old, dark house, looking for a fortune robbed from a bank managed by the home's owner, who is away in Europe... or... IS he?
Based on the Mary Roberts Rinehart-Avery Hopwood Broadway hit and filmed several other times (notably in 1926, also by Mr. West, and in the late 1950s with Vincent Price), but this 1930 early talkie has a special trick up its sleeve - it was filmed in an early, experimental widescreen process, in 65mm. And that's how we're going to present this film this week, but note, it's more than an historical curiosity - it's a terrific whodunit that inspired dozens of films in its wake. Balcony faves Chester Morris and Una Merkel are our stars.
(85 min. / B&W / 200:1)
Also on the Program
Oh, what th' heck, let's through some short subjects in there so you feel as though you're gettin' your free admission's worth.
The BIG buzz is our latest motion-picture cliffhanger serial, and we're astounded to announce that for the first time in the 32-year history of our show, we're presenting - complete and brilliantly restored - the 1941 Universal serial The Green Hornet Strikes Again!. The first Hornet serial was a huge hit on our show, and we're all looking forward to the return of the Hornet (this time played by Warren Hull, who'd also played The Spider) and Kato (Keye Luke). Anne Nagel co-stars. Episode one is called Flaming Havoc.
Cartoon-wise, in honor of our feature, it's the Merrie Melodies The Brave Little Bat, plus Porky Pig in Notes to You. Our TravelTalks takes us to Haiti, plus we've got Vitaphone and a few surprises, too, plus announcements. Don't be tardy!
The weeks ahead will bring us the return of Hildegarde Withers, plus The Widow from Chicago with Edward G. Robinson (1930), Nocturne (1946) with George Raft, Murder, He Says with Fred MacMurray, Fritz Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1958), The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) with Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre; the Pre-Code classic Street of Women (1932) with Kay Francis, They Met in the Dark (1943) with James Mason, A Woman's Secret (1949) with Maureen O'Hara, etc. etc. etc.!