Kansas City Star Bunny Lake/Ecco

Clipped from US, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas City Star, October 28, 1965

IIBUNNY LAKE ISMISSING»»(At fht Plan)Mvsfmy meiooram* with screenolav by John and P*re»oP« Mortimer (from ** novtl bv Evelvn Pipe*-). oroducpd and directed by Otto Preminoer and released by Columb-a oictures with thefollowiii* principal players:Inspector Newhouse... Lawrence Olivier. . ^ :e OlhAnn Lake ................Carol LvnlevSteven Lake ............. Kelr Du I leaHoratio Wilson ........... Noel CowardFord.................Martita HuntMissBy Giles M. Fowler(The Star's Motion Picture Editor)EVERY NOW AND THEN,give me a good, nerve-gratingdetective mystery to perk up thepulse, clear the head and keepthe fingernails down to size.Give me a detective mysterylike “Bunny Lake Is Missing,99which has about all the requisites I demand of such films.It has, first, a screenplay at lucid and full of falseonceleads, incidental curiosities and awful surprises, like the classic nightmare. Never mind that, also like a nightmare, the script has a loophole or two in its logic and a couple of scenes that seem absurd in retrospect. Coscenarists John and Penelope Mortimer still deserve,» . .► • - * * « *?.VpVVV.VmmBOISTEROUS BOXERpraisefor an expert adaptation of Evelyn Piper’s novel.Second, the film has some adroit direction by Otto Prem-sp.ctkm of a mouse that impi across the stoop at the home African photographer. McNallj injure the mouse—(Wirephoto).as an eccentric retired headmistress.inger—the kind of sly, non-interfering direction that seems to let suspense build itself. Third, “Bunny Lake’* has solid acting from a top-notch cast, which includes Laurence Olivier, CarolAmong the lesser players, youFinlay Currie,may recognize Anna Massey, Michael Wynne and the Zombies. The latter aresingers, and the reason for their brief inclusion in the film is not,Lynley, Noel Coward, Keir Dul-lea and who knows how manyto me, entirely clear.“ECCO99fine character actors.Fourth, the film has London for a setting, proving anew that the city of night fogs, dampand 221-B Bakerpavements street is still the best city in the world for a whodunnit.revealed(At tha Shawnet, Leawood,63rd Street, Hillcrett, Lake Perk, Heart and Isis).Documentary with commentary bv Francesco Mazzei, narrated bv Georoe Sanders, directed bv Gianni Prola and distributed bv Cresa Roma Films. Inc.By Dennis Stack(A Member of The Star's Staff)Almostanything about the story could damage Its effect. So I’ll just note that it involves a missing child, or what seems to be aand that thethoseHERE IS another of “round-the-world tours’* styled somewhat after “Mondo Cane.’’“Ecco” is not as tasteless orchild,throwsmissing mystery the child’stogethermother, uncle, theScotland Yard and various biwhole oflarre minor characters who may or may not know some-Jiing about the kid’s whereabouts.as pointless as some of its companion pieces, but nevertheless it is a good way to waste most of 100 minutes. Secret societies, sexual oddities, etc., make up a lot of the footage. In other words, it is the all-around peeping Tom’s delight.It’s hard to imagine Olivier in he role of a mere police ins pec -or, but there he is, and a suave, ntelligent job he does with the art. Miss Lynley is convindng-y haunted and hysterical as the mother, while Dullea, as her brother, provides a comforting measure of soundness and rea-EARL BOSTIC IS DEADHeart Ailment Fatal to the JazzMusicianRochester, N. Y. (AP)-Earlion. Coward is superbly offensive as a lecherous old collector f whips and shrunken heads, tnd Martita Hunt is marvelousBostic, 52, jazz musician, diedtoday in Highland hospital, where he had beena patient since he suffered a heart attack Tuesday.Bostic, of New Orleans, was stricken in his hotel room.His trio began playing a one-week engagement here Monday.