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The Sea Bat (1930)

Passed | | Action, Romance, Thriller | 5 July 1930 (USA)
The West Indies island of Portuga exists mainly for sponge diving. But the best area of collection is frequented by a very large manta ray. Nina loses her brother to the creature and is ... See full summary »

Directors:

Lionel Barrymore (uncredited), Wesley Ruggles (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorothy Yost (story), Bess Meredyth (dramatisation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raquel Torres ... Nina
Charles Bickford ... John Dennis aka Reverend Sims
Nils Asther ... Carl
George F. Marion ... Antone
John Miljan ... Juan
Boris Karloff ... Corsican
Gibson Gowland ... Limey
Edmund Breese ... Maddocks
Mathilde Comont ... Mimba
Mack Swain ... Dutchy
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Storyline

The West Indies island of Portuga exists mainly for sponge diving. But the best area of collection is frequented by a very large manta ray. Nina loses her brother to the creature and is comforted by a newly arrived minister, who seems very interested in an old poster offering a reward for a convict recently escaped from nearby Devil's Island. More deaths attributed to the sea bat follow before Nina resolves her feelings for her comforter. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Beauty, Drama, Romance...that will stay forever in your memory! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Monstro Marinho See more »

Filming Locations:

Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

John Dennis aka Reverend Sims: [to Nina] What sort of a white girl are you, to get mixed up with stuff like that?
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this film as a silent, with the titles credited to Philip J. Leddy. He was not credited in the sound version. See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Reggie Montgomery and George Ward
Lyrics by Felix E. Feist and Howard Johnson
Sung by Raquel Torres a capella
Played in the score at the end
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11 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sea Bat, The (1930)

** (out of 4)

Pretty dull action/love story has a man escaping Devil's Island and landing on another island where he pretends to be a priest and falls for the island vamp. The fisherman on the island also struggle with a huge sea bat. The love story stuff is so unbelievable that you can never take it serious and the leads really aren't too interesting. The underwater footage of the sea bat is very well done and there's some nice special effects work with the creature, although I think a few of the scenes were filmed with a real bat. Boris Karloff has a minor role.


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