|DEVIL BAT'S DAUGHTER (director: Frank Wisbar; screenwriters: Griffin Jay/story by Ernst Jager & Leo J. McCarthy; cinematographer: James S. Brown Jr.; editor: Douglas W. Bagier; music: Alexander Steinert; cast: Rosemary LePlanche (Nina MacCarron), John James (Ted Masters), Michael Hale (Dr. Clifton Morris ), Monica Mars (Myra Arnold), Edward Cassidy (Sheriff), Nolan Leary (Dr. Elliot), Eddie Kane (George, Apartment House Manager), Molly Lamont (Ellen Masters Morris); Runtime: 66; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Frank Wisbar; PRC; 1946)|
by Dennis Schwartz
star German director Frank Wisbar ("Commando"/"Sharks
and Little Fish"/"Lighthouse") came to
Hollywood in the early '40s after fleeing the Nazis
and made cheapie but interesting films for PRC Pictures.
This decent horror pic is a strange follow-up to his Strangler
of the Swamp (1946).
(Rosemary La Planche, former
Miss America) is found unconscious on
the road to New York. The police investigate and
realize she's the daughter of Dr. Carruthers, the
vampire murderer played by Bela Lugosi in Devil Bat
(1940). At the hospital, the doctors gradually revive
her. That night she has nightmarish dreams of bats,
and becomes fearful. This leads her to flee from the
hospital. She gets permission to stay at the home of
the slimy psychiatrist Dr. Morris (Michael
Hale), until she recovers, through the approval of his
wealthy wife (Molly Lamont). But Nina's
still haunted by bad bat dreams and believes she's
going batty. When Mrs. Morris is found
murdered, Nina believes she's possessed by her dad's
evil nature and that she's the killer. Luckily
for Nina, the dead woman's hunky son, Ted (John
James), falls in love with her and believes
she's innocent. In the end, the protective Ted
comes up with proof that his cheating step-father was
responsible for his mother's death.
pic suffers because of poor dialogue, wooden acting
and a confusing story-line. It doesn't help matters
that it veers back and forth between Devil Bat and
this film, not seeming to make things clear enough for
those who never saw that film about what's going down
and suggesting that this film's inane ending should be
accepted over that film's superior presentation.
REVIEWED ON 8/12/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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