‘One of our Dinosaurs is missing!!!’

*Spoilers and a note to readers please don’t read this if you haven’t seen it or incase I spoil it for you, you have been warned!*

Plot Summary

 (1975) More at IMDbPro »

Lord Southmere escapes from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious “Lotus X”, and is captured by Chinese spies who have been instructed to retrieve the microfilm from him. Escaping from his captors, Lord Southmere hides the microfilm in the bones of a large dinosaur at the National History Museum. However, he has been followed into the museum by the spies, so Lord Southmere asks Hettie, (his former nanny), to retrieve the microfilm before the spies can find it. He is then promptly recaptured by the head spy, Hnup. Hettie, and her friend Emily (another nanny), devise a plan for a group of nannies to search for the microfilm, but they are unsuccessful in their endeavors. The spies then decide to steal the dinosaur, but are outmaneuvered by Hettie and Emily, who – with a young nanny named Susan – take the dinosaur skeleton on an unforgettable journey around the countryside. When Hettie’s two young charges, Lord Castleberry and his younger brother, Truscott, also become involved in the plot, all seems lost – especially for Lord Southmere! Written by David McAnally <d.mcanally@uq.net.au>

Lord Southmere escapes from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious “Lotus X”, and is captured by Chinese spies who have been instructed to retrieve the microfilm from him. Escaping from his captors, Lord Southmere hides the microfilm in the bones of a large dinosaur at the National History Museum. However, he has been followed into the museum by the spies, so Lord Southmere asks Hettie, (his former nanny), to retrieve the microfilm before the spies can find it. He is then promptly recaptured by the head spy, Hnup. Hettie, and her friend Emily (another nanny), devise a plan for a group of nannies to search for the microfilm, but they are unsuccessful in their endeavors. The spies then decide to steal the dinosaur, but are outmaneuvered by Hettie and Emily, who – with a young nanny named Susan – take the dinosaur skeleton on an unforgettable journey around the countryside. When Hettie’s two young charges, Lord Castleberry and his younger brother, Truscott, also become involved in the plot, all seems lost – especially for Lord Southmere! Written by David McAnally <d.mcanally@uq.net.au>

The book the film was based on was called The Great Dinosaur robbery:

The Great Dinosaur Robbery by David Forrest

The Great Dinosaur Robbery is a now out-of-print book released in 1970 and written by David Eliades and Robert Forrest Webb under the pseudonym of David Forrest. The book was later the basis for the 1975 film One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing.The book is set in New York City in the 1970s, and follows attempts by a group of British nannies who discover that a microdot containing Chinese military secrets that they believe to be vital to the survival of the British Empire has been hidden in a skeleton in the American Museum of Natural History. They cannot find the message, so contrive to steal the entire skeleton and mail it to the Queen. The Chinese agents who hope to retrieve the message, and the Americans searching for the missing dinosaur, play important roles. -Goodreads

My review

This morning, I found myself waking up at 5am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I had been sleeping on my friend’s sofa, no, I was not hungover I just got an unexpected invite for tea and ended up staying, and so I decided to switch the telly on. They have sky tv and so I spent time trying to see if anything was on and above film suddenly appeared with what looked like Miss Marple (Helen Hayes) driving  through the streets of Old London or been driven through on a bike by the ‘The First Lady of Carry On’ Joan Sims as Emily. It also had the reverend from Dad’s Army (Frank Williams) The scot Private James Fraser (John Laurie). When I was growing up we watched all these classics as Dad was in charge of tv so we watched Dad’s Army and Carry on films. Don’t get me wrong I loved these, but we could have watched more cartoons or even better Byker Grove, yes I come from up north and didn’t really get to watch it. 😦

Anyway lying in the semi- dark with the telly on really low and I mean sound level 2 or 3 trying not to make a noise and I’m finding myself giggling away. Sometimes it’s good to watch the old films. Granted they may look dated but they did amazing jobs with the technology they had and we forget this was the special effects of the time. I had caught the film part way through so the dinosaur was about to be pinched I believe and the trio of nannies were going to stop it. I can’t remember which came first as I was half asleep so either the fight to stop them taking the dinosaur happened or the fact they steal the lorry and have a car chase through the streets of London either way they had me giggling away that I had to try muffling my laughs behind a cushion.

It’s a film about ninja Nannies (ones who looked after children not your grandma type) protecting the country from disaster of a secret being uncovered attacking a Chinese army or gang, got a bit confused whether it was the Mafia or not and also when the nannies started doing kung-fu, with umbrellas???. If I am that flexible when I’m older I’m becoming a ninja nanny. While this was going on the boys who Miss Marple was looking after had started hitting the ‘baddies’ with stuff and the oldest says ‘that’s 2 points for me hitting so in so’ ‘you lose five points for hitting a nanny’ or something like that.

So amongst all this fighting the police are trying to investigate how the dinosaur was nabbed in the first place, because it wasn’t exactly small that you could slip it in your pocket. the Reverend was a crime scientist who worked out it was something along the lines of oriental aliens pinching the dinosaur which turned out to be the wrong dinosaur that had been taken away on a truck and driven around the foggy streets of London  by the ‘baddies’ for the van to be pinched by the Nannies ‘the goodies’ and Miss Marple being asked if she knew how to drive the truck and her reply was ‘yes it’s like driving a lorry’, and in those days it was fuelled by coal and Emily had to keep ‘filling up the tank’ so to speak.

My favourite bit was the car chase, because in those days it was most likely filmed in a studio and the cars were stationary and they had to act as if it was moving and it was the funniest thing ever. But the best bit was how they used the dinosaur, like when they are in the office/police station and the dinosaur head goes past the window and no one takes a blind bit of notice. Oh and the fog, how the dinosaur just appeared through the mist. A good film for October me thinks.

There are of course a lot of things wrong with this movie because times have changed so much, but for a bit of light entertainment, for me it was much needed after a long busy week. To me I could watch it over and over again. It has comedy, wit, nostalgia, good fighting evil, lessons to be learn’t on believing people, getting your facts right or in this case your dinosaurs and making sure if you’re going on a long journey make sure you have enough fuel.

I won’t tell you how it ended as you need to watch it yourself. It’s £4 on DVD and it’s well worth it. I hope I haven’t given too much away. oh and I have to show this poster again it’s amazing!!!!

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Thank you for reading.

xxx

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