Bunny Lake Is Missing

Bunny Lake Is Missing

Director: Otto Preminger Cast: Carol Lynley, Keir Dullea, Laurence Olivier

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Based on the mystery novel by Marryam Modell (using the pseudonym Evelyn Piper), Bunny Lake Is Missing is a bizarre study in motherhood, kindness, enigma, and insanity. Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), an American freshly relocated to England, wishes to drop off her daughter Bunny for the girl's first day at a new nursery school. Oddly, Ann cannot locate any teachers or administrators, only the school's disgruntled cook (Lucie Mannheim). She is forced to leave Bunny unsupervised in the building's "first day" room, under the reassurance that the cook will be responsible for the child. When Ann returns in the afternoon, the cook has quit and Bunny Lake is missing. The school's remaining employees vehemently deny ever seeing the child, and Ann desperately calls her older brother Stephen (Keir Dullea) for help. Ann was raised fatherless and never married; she and Bunny have lived under Stephen's care and protection for the majority of both their lives. Stephen is enraged by the irresponsibility of the staff, but as Scotland Yard begins its investigation, it comes to light that he had never officially enrolled a child at the school. When Police Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) begins to unravel the Lakes' lives and search their belongings, he discovers that not only did Ann once have an imaginary childhood daughter named "Bunny", but that the young Bunny seemed to have no tangible possessions at the Lake apartment. Bunny Lake (whom we have yet to see onscreen) may not be missing: she may not even be real. Terrified that Newhouse will now abandon the search for the girl, the hysterical Ann sets out to prove her sanity and, in the process, surprisingly uncovers the true psychosis behind the disappearance of her little Bunny Lake.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
UPC: 0043396094666
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 24,893

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Lynley Ann Lake
Keir Dullea Stephen Lake
Laurence Olivier Newhouse
Noël Coward Wilson
Martita Hunt Ada Ford
Anna Massey Elvira
Clive Revill Andrews
Finlay Currie Doll-maker
Richard Wattis Clerk in Shipping Office
Lucie Mannheim Cook
Megs Jenkins Sister
Victor Maddern Taxi Driver
Delphi Lawrence First Mother at School
Suzanne Neve Second Mother at School
Adrienne Corri Dorothy
Kika Markham Nurse
Jill Melford Teacher
Damaris Hayman Daphne
Patrick Jordan Policeman
Jane Evers Policewoman
John Sharp Fingerprint Man
Geoffrey Frederick Police Photographer
Percy Herbert Policeman at Station
Michael Wynne Rogers
Tim Brinton Newscaster
Fred Emney Man in Soho
David Oxley Doctor
John Forbes-Robertson Attendant
Zombies Actor

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director,Producer
Don Ashton Producer,Production Designer
Jonathan Bates Sound/Sound Designer
Hope Bryce Costumes/Costume Designer
Denys Coop Cinematographer
Evelyn Gibbs Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Glass Score Composer
Eva Monley Production Manager
Penelope Mortimer Screenwriter
John Mortimer Screenwriter
Martin C. Schute Associate Producer
Charles Staffell Special Effects
Peter Thornton Editor
Bernard Williams Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [8:35]
2. Little People's Garden [10:28]
3. Little Nightmares [6:34]
4. Supt. Newhouse [10:22]
5. "It's Like a Nightmare" [9:53]
6. Non-Existent? [7:13]
7. Extremely Seductive [7:46]
8. Brandy & Zombies [9:07]
9. Dolls [9:07]
10. Under Observations [8:28]
11. "She's Always There Between Us" [9:51]
12. Madness [9:28]

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Bunny Lake Is Missing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This fascinating mystery has been made in the tradition of Otto Preminger's classic "Laura", that established him as a top director in the late Forties. Since it would not be fair to spoil the film by revealing much of the story and particularly the ending, let's say only that Bunny Lake is a small girl, who turns up missing in London. At least, so her mother says. "Bunny Lake is Missing" is handsome, well- acted (especially by Sir Laurence Olivier and Carol Lynley - possibly her best performance) and exciting a slick melodrama from an exceptionally well-written screenplay by Penelope Mortimer, and a memorable music score by Paul Glass. Creamy smooth suspense with a genuinely intriguing premise.
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