When you hear the doors creak in The Bat Whispers, it's not the soundtrack but the awkward and stage bound conception and execution of the film. The only way to look at this old film is from an historical standpoint. Then, you can have some fun with the hokey dialogue, the silly contrivances, and the positively wild prancing of The Bat.
Chester Morris plays a detective investigating the
mysterious crimes of The Bat, a criminal so bold he will
even tip the police to his next crime. And so clever that he is
able to execute a successful burglary under the noses of the
police by setting the victim's clock back five minutes. Nobody
mentions that he must have set every cop's watch back five
minutes as well. But that's not the best of the bat's modus
operandi. You must see him scale walls, drop from windows, and
limp around like a fugitive from a high school production of
Phantom of the Opera. Well, you get the picture.
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