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7w206 BAT WHISPERS 8x10 still '30 best image of Chester Morris pointing gun by villain's shadow!

Date Sold 1/24/2012
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An Original Vintage Theatrical 8" x 10" [20 x 25 cm] Movie Still (Learn More)

Roland West's The Bat Whispers, the 1930 Roland West crime murder mystery thriller (based on the play by Mary Roberts Rinehart & Avery Hopwood; about a weird master criminal who wears a hooded costume and is known as "The Bat", and he hides out in an isolated large house in the country and kills one of the occupants and takes his place, and the police must discover who is really The Bat!) starring Chester Morris (in a dual role as Detective Anderson and The Bat!), Chance Ward, Una Merkel, Richard Tucker, and Wilson Benge. Note that this was a virtual remake of the 1926 silent movie, "The Bat", as it had pretty much the same plot. We have heard that the comic book character "Batman" was inspired by the lead character from this movie (although, of course, here he was a villain).
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Note that this still was consigned to us by legendary collector/dealer Marty Davis! Marty was hired in 1972 to evaluate the entire collection of W. Ward Marsh (1893-1971), who was the film critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper from 1919, until his retirement in 1970. In 1919 Marsh wrote his first of 23,000 movie reviews for the Plain Dealer. Marsh died less than a year after his retirement in 1970. His library, and photographic and memorabilia archives were given to the proprietor of Cleveland's finest bookstore. Marty Davis was the first person with a background in film history and collectibles to examine the archives. He worked for three to four hours a day, for six months, and his compensation was his pick of the archives. This still (and the other stills that carry this paragraph) are from the W. Ward Marsh archives, and all were stamped on the back by Marty Davis to indicate that they came from this legendary collection.

Condition: very good. There are some creases and a tiny tear in the borders, and just a few faint creases in the image area, but overall, the still is in pretty good condition!
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