Bunny Lake Is Missing

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Director:
Otto Preminger
Released:
1965
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Bunny Lake Is Missing is a 1965 thriller directed by Otto Preminger and adapted loosely from the novel of the same name by Evelyn Piper. Carol Lynley plays Ann Lake, an American unmarried mother who has recently moved to London to live with her journalist brother, bringing her four-year-old daughter, Bunny. Shortly after her arrival, however, her daughter goes missing from school. Ann is sent into a panic. Police Superintendent Newhouse investigates the disappearance, meeting Ann's sinister and eccentric landlord and a creepy retired teacher who lives in the school house and collects recordings of children's nightmares. But he can't turn up any clues as to what happened to Bunny and no-one remembers even seeing the girl. As Ann becomes more and more distraught, Newhouse begins to wonder if Bunny ever existed in the first place. An acclaimed psychological thriller, full of bizarre characters and surprising twists.

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    • The Zombies, a popular music group of the mid-60s, are seen briefly in the film performing their best-known song, Just Out Of Reach.

    • This film is based on a 1957 novel by an American writer, Evelyn Piper (a pseudonym for Merryam Modell). It is set in the United States. Otto Preminger bought the film rights during the 1950s, but was dissatisfied with the novel's plot, especially the ending. At one point, he hired the playwright and novelist Ira Levin to write a screenplay, but eventually came to the conclusion that a change of locale would be for the best and hired the then-married writers John and Penelope Mortimer to rewrite the story, with a London setting which would emphasise the aloneness of the heroine. They also provided a new explanation for the child's disappearance and a new villain (with an alarming motive).

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Drama, Suspense

Themes

Thrillers, Classics, Psychological, Crime