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An October 1958 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that former RKO studio head C. J. Tevlin purchased the remake rights for The Bat from Mary Pickford, who first produced a film adaptation of the play in 1926. Hollywood Reporter news items add the following actors to the cast: Benjy Bancroft, Tony Redondo, George Mayon, Kay Garrett, Edward Haskett, Thomas Mullen, Fred Scheiwiller, Juanita Field, Dorothy Heller and Margarita Moyer, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed.
The 1926 silent version of The Bat was produced by Feature Productions for United Artists, starred Jack Pickford and Emily Fitzroy and was directed by Roland West. Four years later, West directed a 1930 sound version of the film titled The Bat Whispers for UA, starring Chester Morris and Una Merkel. For more information on both of these films, see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30.