Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

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A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Superintendent Newhouse
Martita Hunt ...
Doll Maker
The Zombies ...
Megs Jenkins ...
Delphi Lawrence ...
1st Mother
Jill Melford ...
Suzanne Neve ...
2nd Mother


Ann Lake has recently settled in England with her daughter, Bunny. When she goes to retrieve her daughter after the girl's first day at school, no one has any record of Bunny having been registered. When even the police can find no trace that the girl ever existed, they wonder if the child was only a fantasy of Ann's. When Ann's brother backs up the police's suspicions, she appears to be a mentally-disturbed individual. Are they right? Written by Alfred Jingle

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Release Date:

3 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bunny Lake Desapareceu  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While being questioned in the pub you can see a television high on the back wall of the bar. The newscaster is just about to describe what Bunny Lake was wearing before she was reported missing when the channel is suddenly switched to a young British group (The Zombies) playing a very catchy song with lyrics that actually relate to the plot of the movie. Much later in the storyline Ann Lake escapes her hospital room through a basement level maintenance room where she runs past an old janitor sitting at a workbench listening to a transistor radio and the same exact catchy song is being broadcast again. See more »


The police are seen leading two dogs around the garden and letting them sniff and search but as the mother does not have anything belonging to the child for them to sniff, what scent are they following? See more »


[first lines]
Steven: She may be a few minutes late. Will you please wait for her?
Mover: Yes sir.
Mover: Thank you.
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Crazy Credits

The names in the opening credits are revealed by a hand tearing away parts of the black background as if it were paper, revealing the names printed beneath on a white background. See more »


Features Ready, Steady, Go! (1963) See more »


Just Out of Reach
Written by Colin Blunstone
Performed by The Zombies
Played on the television in the pub and later on the radio
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Good, Underrated Thriller from Preminger
28 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a huge fan of Preminger - many of his films from 1950 forward are pretty bad (e.g. "Saint Joan," "Exodus," "In Harms Way," "Hurry, Sundown") or don't date well (e.g. "Man With The Golden Arm," "Such Good Friends").

But "Bunny Lake Is Missing" is a bright spot in his later work. I first saw this on TV back in the early 70's and then again in a 16mm pan-and-scan print - and enjoyed it. But it wasn't until I saw it in a 35mm widescreen print that I could appreciate Preminger's expert use of the widescreen space, which gave "Bunny Lake" added dimension.

"Bunny Lake" isn't a great thriller, but it's a good one. The story itself doesn't rise above a certain amount of contrivance, but the performances are mostly solid enough to keep you glued to the screen until the suspenseful climax. Best are Olivier, beautifully restrained as the chief inspector, Lynley as the frantic heroine, and Martita Hunt as the eccentric owner of the school where Bunny first goes missing. As Lynley's brother whose feelings for his sister are almost incestuous, Kier Dullea does well walking a tightrope between normal brotherly concern and something darker, but occasionally overdoes his role.

Unfortunately, Preminger can't help but indulge his desire to titillate and shock with the character played by Noel Coward. Watching the playwright/actor caress his face with a leather whip handle (a scene not in the original novel, I believe), is a piece of vulgarity that will produce more adolescent giggles than gasps.

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