Fun Size Review: The Bat (1926)

This old dark house thriller-comedy is hit and miss. Obviously, the Batman connection is a kick, there is some great work from Arthur Housman, Louise Fazenda, Robert McKim and Emily Fitzroy but then we have to put up with the anti-charisma of Jack Pickford.

The film plot involves a masked super criminal who is terrorizing the assorted residents of a mansion on a dark and stormy night. Which one of them is the Bat? Unfortunately, the stylish sets and fun concept are hampered by a trite script and so-so pacing. Still, pulp and comic book nerds will find something to love.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

And the Bat is really… The police detective sent to investigate?!?!?!

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Drugstore Chocolate Sampler. You’ll like maybe one chocolate out of six.

Availability: Released on DVD but none of the home media editions seem to have been derived from the 35mm print held by UCLA. Here’s hoping we’ll see it in better quality someday because the visuals are the main selling point.


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