The Vampire Bat. 1933. USA. Director: Frank R. Strayer. DCP, B&W, 65 min.
Everybody loves Dr. von Niemann (Lionel Atwill), clueless that he is using a cover story of medieval vampirism to murder the proletariat of Kleines Schloss and gleefully feed their blood to the artificial being he has created (it looks suspiciously like a loofa sponge oxygenating in an aquarium). With this travelling circus of horrors traipsing through cast-off sets from The Old Dark House and Frankenstein, plus a day trip to Bronson Canyon, The Vampire Bat plays like a midnight matinee from the old Shock Theater TV package. It's foolish fun, mercifully brief and probably the best-remembered film from the prolific Frank Strayer, auteur of umpteen “Blondie” movies for Columbia. UCLA's restoration recreates the sensational Gustav Brock color sequence, unacknowledged and unseen since first run.
Hearst Metrotone News, Vol. 4, No. 250 (1933) 9 min.
Jack Frost (1934) Director: Ib Iwerks. Cartoon, made after the animator left Disney. 9 min.