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One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing Movie Review Summary

Actors: Peter Ustinov, Helen Hayes, Joan Sims, Derek Nimmo, Clive Revill

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This slapstick family comedy is set in the 1920s. Lord Edward Southmere narrowly escapes from China with the formula for Lotus X, their greatest invention since gunpowder. On his return to London he is abducted by Chinese spies, but escapes into the Natural History Museum where he hides the Lotus X formula on a dinosaur skeleton. He just has time to speak to his old nanny Hettie before being abducted again. In the dungeons beneath the Chinese nightclub 'The Reluctant Dragon', the chief spy Hnup Wan quizzes Edward very politely. Despite the captive's British reticence he guesses the nanny knows the secret hiding place.
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Meanwhile the formidable Hettie gathers a posse of nannies to meet at the museum. Staying after closing time by hiding inside the whale's belly, the nannies search the skeleton without success. Hettie, her dotty friend Emily and the young nanny Susan, the last to leave, are captured by the spies. They escape by provoking the guards into showing their skill at martial arts by breaking down the dungeon wall.

Put on his mettle by a telegram from China, Hnup Wan decides to steal the dinosaur. That evening Chinese fighters pour out of the nightclub into a convoy of vehicles labelled 'Limehouse Harmony Club Annual Outing'. Hnup Wan tricks a museum official into opening the doors by pretending to be delivering a ambassadorial gift from China. The museum guards put up a good fight, but the Chinese wheel the skeleton into the street and load it onto a steam lorry. However, the three nannies, who have been following by motorbike, manage to steal the lorry. The chase is on. The dinosaur's huge skull & swaying neck cause amazement and alarm as the lorry races through the fog-filled streets of London.
The review of this Movie prepared by Maureen Evans



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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Comedy or Parody about    -   spies How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   None If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   book

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