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One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)

A suspected Western spy steals a secret microfilm from China and hides it in the skeleton of a museum dinosaur, prompting a frantic search for it by various interested parties.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), David Forrest (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Lord Southmere
Hugh Burden ... Haines
Bernard Bresslaw ... Fan Choy
Helen Hayes ... Hettie
Joan Sims ... Emily
Deryck Guyler ... Harris
Peter Ustinov ... Hnup Wan
Clive Revill ... Quon
Molly Weir Molly Weir ... Scots Nanny
Andrew Dove Andrew Dove ... Lord Castleberry
Max Harris Max Harris ... Truscott
Max Wall ... Juggler
Natasha Pyne Natasha Pyne ... Susan
Joss Ackland ... B.J. Spence
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Thumley
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Lord Southmere escapes from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", and is captured by Chinese spies who have been instructed to retrieve the microfilm from him. Escaping from his captors, Lord Southmere hides the microfilm in the bones of a large dinosaur at the National History Museum. However, he has been followed into the museum by the spies, so Lord Southmere asks Hettie (his former nanny), to retrieve the microfilm before the spies can find it. He is then promptly recaptured by the head spy, Hnup Wan. Hettie, and her friend Emily (another nanny), devise a plan for a group of nannies to search for the microfilm, but they are unsuccessful in their endeavors. The spies then decide to steal the dinosaur, but are outmaneuvered by Hettie and Emily, who, with a young nanny named Susan, take the dinosaur skeleton on an unforgettable journey around the countryside. When Hettie's two young charges, Lord Castleberry and his younger brother, Truscott, also become... Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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It's kung-fu fun...that'll tickle your funny bone!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ellopták a dinoszauruszt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This was Hugh Burden's final film before his death on May 17, 1985 at the age of 72. See more »

Goofs

When the nannies are searching the dinosaur, Hettie observes that if the skeleton fell on them they would be the first people to be killed in a dinosaur in two million years. Dinosaurs actually became extinct about 65 million years ago. Humans emerged only about 500,000 years ago, so Hettie is wrong on multiple counts. See more »

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Susan: You lose 3 points, you hit a Granny!
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References One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) See more »

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One of the funniest movies ever
13 June 2002 | by lucy-66See all my reviews

And it's in my top ten best films. Hilarious from the very start, with Lord Southmere hitching a lift from the yeti ("Thanks for the lift old boy - I don't think you're abominable at all!") and then escaping from the villains in the Natural History Museum disguised as a baby. It may be racist in the same way as Carry on Up the Khyber (most of the Chinese are occidentals in terrible eye makeup) but it's certainly feminist, celebrating the power of women in grey stockings fuelled only by nice cups of tea. (What if this great beast should fall on us, Hetty? Then we would be the first people in two million years to be killed by a dinosaur!) xxxxxx


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