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The Bat Whispers (1930)

October 31, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

The Bat Whispers (1930)
Directed by Roland West

Cited by Batman creator Bob Kane as a seminal influence on his work, director Roland West’s The Bat Whispers centers on the search for a mysterious killer known only as “The Bat.” Featuring expressionistic lighting, set design and darting camera work, the film’s aesthetic was highly original for its time, heightening the sense of mystery, and dressing up the “haunted house” genre in new visual language.

Production: Art Cinema Corp. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Director: Roland West. Based on the play The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood. Screenwriter: Roland West. Cinematographer: Ray June. Production Design: Paul Roe Crawley. Editor: James Smith. With: Chester Morris, Una Merkel, Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge.

35mm, b/w, 82 min.

Preceded by:
Intimate Interviews: Bela Lugosi (1931)
Directed by Grace Elliott

An interview with the star of Dracula (1931) at his Los Angeles home.

Director: Grace Elliott. Cinematographer: William Nobles. With: Bela Lugosi, Dorothy West.

35mm, b/w, 7 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


October 31, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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