Combining healthy doses of suspense and humor, this lighthearted comedy/thriller skips and slides through one outrageous situation after another. An international secret formula, microfilmed and hidden on the massive skeleton of a museum dinosaur, spawns a rollicking race between London-based Chinese Intelligence agents and… a battalion of British nannies?! The undercover caper takes to the streets of London proper when the nannies decide to hijack the less-than-inconspicuous artifact.
“Take a stolen dinosaur skeleton and microfilm, throw in some sleuthing nannies and a Chinese secret agent, and let the adventure begin. This is a light, frothy family comedy that revolves around British Lord Southmere (Derek Nimmo), who has smuggled a piece of microfilm containing "Lotus X” out of China. Once back in England, he is followed by Chinese spies. Lord Southmere escapes into the Natural History Museum and hides the microfilm on a dinosaur skeleton. After doing so, he receives a rather nasty bump on the head that leaves him dazed. As luck would have it, his old nanny, Hettie (Helen Hayes), is also visiting the museum that day, but their reunion is short-lived. Lord Southmere has barely enough time to tell Hettie that he hid the microfilm on a dinosaur, and that she must recover it, before he falls unconscious. Chinese intelligence agent Hnup Wan (Peter Ustinov) captures Southmere. He also wants the microfilm. So the race is on between Hettie and Hnup Wan as to who will find the microfilm first. It's a wacky chase set in the backdrop of foggy London, England. The story is engaging and fun. But as this movie was shot in 1975, there are a few things that are somewhat unsettling, including making all the villains Chinese, and cardboard caricatures at that. "–Peggy Maltby-Etra
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
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