Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Produced by Phil Goldstone and Larry Darmour
Written by Edward T. Lowe Jr
Starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray and Melvyn Douglas, with Dwight Frye and Maude Eburne
Music by Phil Goldstone
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Editing by Otis Garrett
Distributed by Majestic Pictures
U. S. release date - 10 January 1933
When the villagers of Kleinschloss start dying through loss of blood, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism. While police inspector Karl Brettschneider (Melvyn Douglas) remains sceptical, meanwhile scientist Dr. von Niemann (Lionel Atwill) cares for the vampire's victims one by one. Suspicion falls on simple-minded Herman Gleib (Dwight Frye) because of his fondness for bats. A blood-thirsty mob hounds Gleib to his death, but the vampire attacks don't stop.....
Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill appeared in the successful film 'Doctor X' the previous year and had already completed work on 'Mystery of the Wax Museum' for Warner Bros. - planned as a large scale release; it would have had a lengthy post-production process. Therefore, seeing a chance to exploit all that film's advance publicity, the 'Poverty Row' studio, Majestic Pictures Inc., contracted Fay Wray and Lionel Atwill for their own 'quickie' horror film, and rushed 'The Vampire Bat' into production and released it in January 1933, a month before the release of Warner's 'Wax Museum'.