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Ken Annakin

Ken Annakin is an British film and television director.

Some common subjects in the films of Ken Annakin:


Miranda (1948) is a charming farce about a mermaid in London. It opens with the sea-side setting of Swiss Family Robinson. Both films have a mild sea-disaster at their start, with characters wrecked in an isolated area near the sea-coast.

Also an Annakin tradition: the scenes where Miranda encounters large crowds at festive events: here Covent Garden opera, and the zoo. Miranda makes sound or noises at both.

Much comedy is made from Miranda's fish-tail. This anticipates all the animal costumes in Murder at the Mardi Gras. One might also note how dressed up the men in the film are. They are always changing into various kinds of dressy suits or evening wear.

Miranda has a multi-focus story, like several of Annakin's films. All eight central characters get nearly equal weight.

There are signs that the nurse (Margaret Rutherford) might be a lesbian, and that she gets a crush on Miranda. If so, she is handled with great sympathy and delicacy. It is an unusually gentle portrait for its era.

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) comes out an earlier, rationalist world view. In 1965, people thought it was normal for "entertainment" to revolve around a technological subject, like the early days of airplanes. Today, many people foolishly look to the supernatural for entertainment, instead: pure drivel.