The Pink Panther (1963)
This is the first in a series of seven crime comedies that made Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) and the cartoon character world famous. Clouseau is the bumbling detective who for 15 years has been trying to catch an elusive international jewel thief. The silly sleuth is so wrapped up in finding the thief that he doesn't realize his wife Simone (Capucine) is having an affair with Sir Charles (David Niven). Sir Charles and his nephew George (Robert Wagner) check into a Swiss ski chalet in hopes of stealing a priceless opal called the "Pink Panther" from the vacationing Princess Dala (Claudia Cardenale) of India. After a series of comic calamities Sir Charles and George are captured, and Clouseau is called on to testify at their trial, and the Inspector recites a list of robberies over the last 15 years where he knew Sir Charles was present. Clouseau pulls out his handkerchief, unaware that the crooks have planted the elusive Pink Panther on him. The suave Sir Charles and his nephew are set free while Clouseau takes the fall for the robbery. Henry Mancini's memorable musical score received and Oscar nomination, and the success of the film set the stage for more memorable antics from the clumsy Clouseau. The animated panther would later appear in his own popular cartoon series. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Pink Panther
The first film of the popular series, in which David Niven (not Peter Sellers) is the nominal lead, introduced Mancini's pouncing score
It is fun to look back and see how Peter Sellers completely stole the film from its bankable star, David Niven.
All the ingredients for a great evening at the movies: lively music, eye-catching scenery, larger-than-life comic set pieces, suave men and beautiful women, and odd-man-out Clouseau, played to perfection by the one and only Peter Sellers. [Blu-ray]
A good beginning
Hilarious no matter how many times you watch it. Slapstick for the sixties.
Sellers' first Clouseau trip is fun, sets pace for rest of series
Clouseau (Sellers) is...a character that must go down as one of the great comic creations in motion picture history.
The first in the series -- and strangely enough -- the least amusing.
Sure, it gave Sellers his classic role, but on its own, it's not that great
Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther
Altho this film made Sellers a star, he is merely one character in Edwards' ensemble piece homage (one of many he made) to older films. Witness the rethought Marx Brothers mirror dance. And Capucine is easily as funny as Sellers and really is Ginger Rogers to his Astaire comically speaking. Its a tad dated now, yes, but still a smile worthy piece with the charm of its stars performing Edwards' choreography of sight gags.More
I'm not a big fan of Sellers, and his inspector Clouseau character is really annoying and I didn't find him very funny, not that Martin's Clouseau is any better in the remake, he's worse actually. Still, the story and the rest of the cast is pretty good, so I'd say this movie is okay.More
The sequels would improve on the formula, but this is a decent start to a franchise that didn't really know it was going to start one.More
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