Directed by Anthony Asquith, the silent melodrama and thriller A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR explores the disturbing aspects of jealousy and crimes of passion. The movie narrates the story of Joe (Ugo Henning), a barber consumed by his passion for his girlfriend Sally (Nora Baring), a manicurist. When Sally ends up paying too much attention to one of her customers, Harry (Hans Schettow), the intensity of Joe’s obsession pushes him to slit the man's throat. The barber is then sent to Dartmoor prison for a lengthy jail term==but manages to escape.
Despite advance warning to the police, who seal off the area, The Bat, a master criminal, steals a necklace from the safe in the house of a rich socialite. He leaves a note saying he is going to the country to give the police a rest. Pausing only to rob a bank at Oakdale, he proceeds to terrorise the occupants of a lonely country mansion, in a mixture of thrills, chills and laughs. At the end, an actor steps forward through a proscenium arch and asks the viewers not to reveal the Bat's identity to their friends. A film noir shot in black and white, mainly at night in dimly lit scenes. (imdb)
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