One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)

G | 97 mins | Comedy | 9 July 1975

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writer:

Bill Walsh

Producer:

Bill Walsh

Cinematographer:

Paul Beeson

Editor:

Peter Boita

Production Designer:

Michael Stringer

Production Company:

Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.
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HISTORY

       Principal photography began 29 Jul 1974, according to the 19 Jun 1974 Var and the 30 Jun 1974 NYT.
       The 25 Jun 1975 LAHExam reported that the film’s scheduled opening in Los Angeles, CA, was 9 Jul 1975. In Seattle, WA, at least a half dozen Asian groups, including Asians for a Fair Media and Chinese for Affirmative Action, picketed the film on 22 Jul 1975, calling its negative Chinese stereotypes “racist” and damaging to children’s impressions of Asians, according to the 30 Jul 1975 Rafu Shimpo. They objected to white British actors portraying Chinese in exaggerated makeup, and complained that even the Chinese characters played by Asians were “clumsy, incompetent, and idiotic.” “We are not Charlie Chans nor are we Fu Manchus,” the protesters said.
      End credits give the following information: “Filmed at Pinewood and E.M.I. Studios, London, England.” According to Walt Disney Studios press materials in AMPAS files, London locations included the London Zoo, the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, and the Soho district. To construct two seventy-five-foot long dinosaur skeletons, art director Michael Stringer hired six modelers who worked for two months, casting each bone separately around an iron frame. Each dinosaur weighed several tons. ... More Less

       Principal photography began 29 Jul 1974, according to the 19 Jun 1974 Var and the 30 Jun 1974 NYT.
       The 25 Jun 1975 LAHExam reported that the film’s scheduled opening in Los Angeles, CA, was 9 Jul 1975. In Seattle, WA, at least a half dozen Asian groups, including Asians for a Fair Media and Chinese for Affirmative Action, picketed the film on 22 Jul 1975, calling its negative Chinese stereotypes “racist” and damaging to children’s impressions of Asians, according to the 30 Jul 1975 Rafu Shimpo. They objected to white British actors portraying Chinese in exaggerated makeup, and complained that even the Chinese characters played by Asians were “clumsy, incompetent, and idiotic.” “We are not Charlie Chans nor are we Fu Manchus,” the protesters said.
      End credits give the following information: “Filmed at Pinewood and E.M.I. Studios, London, England.” According to Walt Disney Studios press materials in AMPAS files, London locations included the London Zoo, the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park, and the Soho district. To construct two seventy-five-foot long dinosaur skeletons, art director Michael Stringer hired six modelers who worked for two months, casting each bone separately around an iron frame. Each dinosaur weighed several tons.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 1974
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 1974
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 1975
p. 4.
LAHExam
25 Jun 1975.
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Los Angeles Times
9 Jul 1975
p. 13.
New York Times
30 Jun 1974.
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New York Times
7 Aug 1975
p. 39.
Rafu Shimpo
30 Jul 1975.
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Variety
19 Jun 1974
p. 24.
Variety
18 Jun 1975
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Walt Disney presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit photog
Cam op
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Draughtsperson
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Const mgr
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec photog processes
MAKEUP
Hairdressing
PRODUCTION MISC
Cont
Loc mgr
Casting
Prod asst
STAND INS
Stunt arr
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Great Dinosaur Robbery by David Forrest (London, 1970).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 July 1975
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 9 July 1975
New York opening: week of 7 August 1975
Production Date:
began 29 July 1974 in London, England
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
8 July 1975
Copyright Number:
LP44911
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
97
Length(in feet):
8,460
MPAA Rating:
G
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lord Edward Southmere recalls his late 1920s escape from China with a secret formula called “Lotus X.” Upon his return to London, England, Edward is kidnapped at the airport by agents of Chinese warlord Marshal Wu Chi, but he escapes and runs to the Natural History Museum. Grabbing a baby carriage from a nanny, he rides it into the Hall of the Dinosaurs, climbs up the scaffolding surrounding a huge skeleton, hides his Lotus X formula on the dinosaur’s neck, then slips and falls. By the time the nannies come looking for the carriage, Edward is woozy. Hettie, an older nanny, recognizes him, and Edward, happy to see the trusted nanny of his boyhood, tells her he has hidden a secret formula on the dinosaur and she must contact someone, but does not mention the name before he passes out. Two Chinese agents, Hnup Wan and Quon, present themselves as doctors and carry Edward away. A museum guard arrives to tell Hettie and Emily, her fellow nanny, the museum is closing and they must leave. The Chinese agents spirit Edward to the basement of a nightclub called “The Reluctant Dragon,” where Hnup maintains a karate school and holding cell. They shackle Edward to a wall and interrogate him about Lotus X, but he has suffered amnesia from the fall. Surmising that Edward passed the formula’s whereabouts to the nannies, Hnup sends Quon to find them. Later, Hettie and Emily round up several young nannies and conspire to meet at the Natural History Museum at closing time. By now, Quon and Hnup have found the two nannies and overhear Hettie’s plot. That night, after hiding inside a whale until the ... +


Lord Edward Southmere recalls his late 1920s escape from China with a secret formula called “Lotus X.” Upon his return to London, England, Edward is kidnapped at the airport by agents of Chinese warlord Marshal Wu Chi, but he escapes and runs to the Natural History Museum. Grabbing a baby carriage from a nanny, he rides it into the Hall of the Dinosaurs, climbs up the scaffolding surrounding a huge skeleton, hides his Lotus X formula on the dinosaur’s neck, then slips and falls. By the time the nannies come looking for the carriage, Edward is woozy. Hettie, an older nanny, recognizes him, and Edward, happy to see the trusted nanny of his boyhood, tells her he has hidden a secret formula on the dinosaur and she must contact someone, but does not mention the name before he passes out. Two Chinese agents, Hnup Wan and Quon, present themselves as doctors and carry Edward away. A museum guard arrives to tell Hettie and Emily, her fellow nanny, the museum is closing and they must leave. The Chinese agents spirit Edward to the basement of a nightclub called “The Reluctant Dragon,” where Hnup maintains a karate school and holding cell. They shackle Edward to a wall and interrogate him about Lotus X, but he has suffered amnesia from the fall. Surmising that Edward passed the formula’s whereabouts to the nannies, Hnup sends Quon to find them. Later, Hettie and Emily round up several young nannies and conspire to meet at the Natural History Museum at closing time. By now, Quon and Hnup have found the two nannies and overhear Hettie’s plot. That night, after hiding inside a whale until the guards lock the museum, the nannies hurry to the Hall of the Dinosaurs, where Hettie assigns each one a section of the brontosaurus to search. They find nothing, and after several hours, all the enlisted nannies leave for their jobs, except for Susan. As Hettie, Emily, and Susan continue their search, several Chinese agents capture and take them to The Reluctant Dragon. There, Hettie recognizes Hnup as a Chinese ambassador’s son, nicknamed “Panda Nose,” who was once her ward. Hnup orders the three women to be locked in the cell with Edward, but after he and Quon leave, the young and attractive Susan convinces bodyguard Fan Choy and several karate school students to show off their prowess by kicking and chopping away the bricks of the cell. The women escape, but Edward, still in shackles, is accidentally knocked out by a flying brick. Hettie returns to her two young charges, Lord Richard Castleberry and his younger brother, Truscott Castleberry. Meanwhile, Susan sits at a coffee house across from The Reluctant Dragon to keep watch, and when several trucks and cars gather in front of the club, she calls Hettie. Emily runs home to get her 1920 Godfrey-Nash sidecar motorcycle, and by the time she and Hettie meet Susan at the coffee house, the Chinese caravan pulls out. Emily follows, while Hettie sneaks into the club, not realizing that the young boys, Richard and Truscott, have followed her. Edward, still shackled, tells Hettie he remembers where he hid the formula on the dinosaur. She rejoins Susan across the street as Emily returns to tell them the Chinese have gone to the Natural History Museum. There, Hnup masquerades as a Chinese embassy employee bringing in a new collection, and with curator Sir Geoffrey Wilkins out of town, Hnup easily fools assistant curator Sir Thumley. By the time Thumley becomes aware of the ruse and calls the guards, they are overwhelmed by Chinese karate students and locked in a laundry van. The brontosaurus is placed on a flatbed truck, with its head protruding over the cab and its tail dragging behind, but while the Chinese are distracted, Hettie, Emily, and Susan steal the truck and drive away. The nannies careen through the city, shocking and frightening Londoners, including two inebriated Scots who mistake the dinosaur for the Loch Ness monster, and a big game hunter who shoots at it. With Hettie driving, the nannies escape to a rural area and hide in a forest, where they can search the bones. The next morning, curator Sir Geoffrey returns to London and finds the museum empty except for his secretary. When newspaper reporter Haycock shows up to ask if the museum is missing a dinosaur, Sir Geoffrey takes him to the hall and discovers it gone. The newspaper headlines carry the news, and broadcasters spread the story all over the world. As the Castleberry boys return to The Reluctant Dragon to look for Hettie, Fan Choy captures and carries them to a room where Hnup is interviewing Edward. The boys tell him the museum had two dinosaurs, and perhaps he stole the wrong one. Hnup takes them to the museum, bribes his way past the guard, and finds the Lotus X formula on the remaining specimen. Happy with the completion of his mission, he allows the boys to return home. When Hettie arrives at the house soon afterward, the boys tell her Hnup found the secret formula. Fearing that Hnup no longer needs to keep Edward alive, she calls Emily and tells her to return the dinosaur to London. Meanwhile, Quon contacts Marshal Wu Chi in Peking, reports that Hnup has failed, and takes over Hnup’s leadership of the spy cell. Hettie arrives at the club with the boys and several nannies. They rescue Edward and defeat the karate students with their umbrellas and sensible kicking shoes. Emily and Susan crash the truck into the club, poking the dinosaur’s head through a window. During the fight, Hnup sits in a corner, drinking plum wine with Edward, and makes plans to stay in London, because Marshal Wu Chi will chop off his head if he returns to Peking. Later, when Edward displays the formula, Lotus X is nothing more than a recipe for Marshal Wu Chi’s mother’s secret won ton soup. Now, back in the present, Sir Edward explains that he and Hnup had a comfortable life together as proprietors of England’s first won ton soup company. +

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