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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 27 February 1966 (UK)
A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

John Mortimer (screenplay), Penelope Mortimer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Olivier ... Superintendent Newhouse
Carol Lynley ... Ann Lake
Keir Dullea ... Steven Lake
Martita Hunt ... Ada Ford
Anna Massey ... Elvira Smollett
Clive Revill ... Police Sgt. Andrews
Finlay Currie ... Doll Maker
Lucie Mannheim ... Cook
The Zombies ... The Zombies
Noël Coward ... Horacio Wilson
Adrienne Corri ... Dorothy
Megs Jenkins ... Sister
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... 1st Mother
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Teacher
Suzanne Neve ... 2nd Mother
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A conspiracy of madness See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bunny Lake Is Missing See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wheel Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a 1957 novel by Evelyn Piper. While the book and movie share the same story hook (a little girl is missing and authorities doubt she ever existed), they have different settings (the book is set in New York City, the movie in London), different characters, and a different solution to the mystery. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Traditional
Sung by Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea and Suky Appleby
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User Reviews

 
More surprising than the outcome is how well Carol Lynley holds her own against Laurence Olivier!
3 August 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Carol Lynley does some fabulous work here as American woman newly arrived in England whose little daughter is apparently kidnapped from school on her first day. The catch is, nobody knows the child and Lynley is having trouble proving she even exists! Terrific mystery from director Otto Preminger, an uneven filmmaker who does strong work just up to the finale (which is somewhat anti-climactic). Laurence Olivier is the police inspector on the case and he's very smooth, cunning and yet sympathetic to Lynley. There are some mod overtures which seem misplaced, and Noël Coward has a gratuitous bit as Carol's drunken landlord (and BBC celebrity!), yet the film does have many sharp bits of minute detail, intriguing and funny supporting characters, terrific cinematography and locations. Does it all add up? No, but it's inscrutable fun nevertheless. *** from ****


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