BUNNY LAKE IS
(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 the
followiii* principal players:
Inspector Newhouse... Lawrence Olivier
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Ann Lake ................Carol Lvnlev
Steven Lake ............. Kelr Du I lea
Horatio Wilson ........... Noel Coward
By Giles M. Fowler
(The Star's Motion Picture Editor)
EVERY NOW AND THEN,
give me a good, nerve-grating
detective mystery to perk up the
pulse, clear the head and keep
the fingernails down to size.
Give me a detective mystery
like “Bunny Lake Is Missing,
which has about all the requi
sites I demand of such films.
It has, first, a screenplay at lucid and full of false
leads, 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
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► • - * * « *
for 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 headmis
inger—the kind of sly, non-inter
fering direction that seems to let suspense build itself. Third, “Bunny Lake’* has solid acting from a top-notch cast, which includes Laurence Olivier, Carol
Among the lesser players, you
may recognize Anna Massey, Michael Wynne and the Zombies. The latter are
singers, and the reason for their brief inclusion in the film is not,
Lynley, Noel Coward, Keir Dul-lea and who knows how many
to me, entirely clear.
fine character actors.
Fourth, the film has London for a setting, proving anew that the city of night fogs, damp
and 221-B Baker
pavements street is still the best city in the world for a whodunnit.
(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)
anything about the story could damage Its effect. So I’ll just note that it involves a missing child, or what seems to be a
and that the
HERE IS another of “round-the-world tours’* styled somewhat after “Mondo Cane.’’
“Ecco” is not as tasteless or
missing mystery the child’s
mother, uncle, the
Scotland Yard and various bi
larre 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 DEAD
Heart Ailment Fatal to the Jazz
Rochester, N. Y. (AP)-Earl
ion. Coward is superbly offensive as a lecherous old collector f whips and shrunken heads, tnd Martita Hunt is marvelous
Bostic, 52, jazz musician, died
today in Highland hospital, where he had been
a 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.;