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Bunny Lake Is Missing

107 min
Mystery | Thriller
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Otto Preminger
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination
Country: UK
Release Date: 1965-10-03
Filming Locations: Cannon Hall - 14 Cannon Place, Off East Heath Road, Hampstead, London, England, UK
Laurence Olivier
Superintendent Newhouse
Carol Lynley
Ann Lake
Keir Dullea
Steven Lake
Martita Hunt
Ada Ford
Anna Massey
Clive Revill
Finlay Currie
Doll Maker
Lucie Mannheim
The Zombies
Noel Coward
Adrienne Corri
Megs Jenkins
Delphi Lawrence
1st Mother
Jill Melford
Suzanne Neve
2nd Mother
Damaris Hayman
Jane Evers
Lisa Peake
Kika Markham
Ann Lancaster
Grocer's Assistant
Suky Appleby
Felicia 'Bunny' Lake
Richard Wattis
Clerk in Shipping Office
David Oxley
Victor Maddern
Taxi Driver
Percy Herbert
Policeman at Station
Fred Emney
Man in Soho
John Sharp
Finger Print Man
Geoffrey Frederick
Police Photographer
Norman Mitchell
Dan Jackson
Tim Brinton
Bill Maxim
Barman (as Bill Maxam)
Michael Wynne
Patrick Jordan
John Forbes-Robertson
Hospital Attendant
Rod Argent
Himself (as The Zombies)
Paul Atkinson
Himself (as The Zombies)
Colin Blunstone
Himself (as The Zombies)
Hugh Grundy
Himself (as The Zombies)
Chris White
Himself (as The Zombies)
Otto Preminger
On-screen Trailer Host and Narrator (uncredited)
Did you know?
Columbia Pictures wanted Otto Preminger to cast Jane Fonda as Ann Lake, who was eager to play the role, but Preminger insisted upon using Carol Lynley.
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Average Shot Length (ASL) = 21 seconds (very high by the standards of "popular" 1960s cinema).
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A remake was planned during the period of 2007-2009. Reese Witherspoon was attached to the project which was ultimately shelved.
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The little girl of the title, Felicia "Bunny" Lake, is supposed to be an American just arrived in England by ocean liner, yet she speaks with a distinctly English accent.
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(at around 48 mins) Bunny Lake is running with her mother in the garden. After a cut to the brother, the exact same shot is shown again (passing behind a bush and a white stake).
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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?
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Newhouse: Sleep well. Both of you. Now that you exist.
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Wilson: There are those at the BBC who bear like medals the bruises left by the love of Horatio Wilson.
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Andrews: I didn't actually see anything in his flat, sir, but he could have gone in and taken the little girl's things any time this morning.
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Were Ann and Steven having an incestuous relationship?
An "incestuous" relationship would imply that Ann and her brother were sleeping with each other. There is no indication in the movie that such is the case. Ann clearly states that Bunny's father was just a boy she knew at school. Steven's affection for Ann appears to be based on the fact that they were childhood playmates with a rich fantasy life together and that Steven took over the role of caring for his little sister after their father died and their mother became involved with her Spiritualist church. Steven may have had incestuous feelings towards his sister, but it did not appear that Ann shared them.
How much of a role do "The Zombies" have in this movie?
The Zombies, an English rock group popular during the 1960s, are shown playing snippets from a few of their songs on a TV set in a pub while Ann speaks with Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier). A later scene also features one of their songs playing on the radio. They play no role whatsoever in the disappearance and search for Bunny.
How closely does the movie follow the novel?
Those who have both read the book and seen the movie report that the two are almost entirely different stories. Yes, there is an Ann Lake (her name is Blanche in the book), and her daughter Bunny goes missing from day care, but that's where the similarities end. For starters, Blanche doesn't have a brother by any name. There is a young man who is infatuated with Blanche, and he becomes one of the prime suspects. There is a teacher who was dismissed from the day care center due to her inappropriate teaching practices; she also becomes suspect. Finally, Blanche lives with her mother, who highly disapproves of Blanche being an unwed mother and actually wants her to give Bunny away.
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Photos from cast
Oliver Reed