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The Pink Panther (1963)

The Pink Panther (1963)

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In the first in a series of detective comedies from director Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers as bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the mishap-prone snoop is actually a supporting player. David Niven stars as Sir Charles Litton, a suave jewel thief known as "The Phantom." Vacationing in a deluxe Alpine resort, Litton's real purpose is to purloin the Pink Panther, a gem of enormous worth owned by a princess (Claudia Cardinale). On his trail for years, Inspector Clouseau keeps losing his quarry, perhaps because his wife Simone (Capucine) is Litton's lover and alerts him every time her husband draws near. Also after the Panther is Litton's American nephew, George (Robert Wagner). At a posh costume ball at the princess' villa, the bauble is stolen and Clouseau, still trying to determine the bandit's identity, is framed for the crime himself. The Pink Panther made Sellers and his Clouseau act so popular that the character moved to center stage in a series of farcical sequels.

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Cast

Peter Sellers
as Insp. Clouseau
David Niven
as Sir Charles Lytton
Capucine
as Simone Clouseau
Claudia Cardinale
as Princess Dahla
Robert Wagner
as George Lytton
Brenda De Banzie
as Angela Dunning
Fran Jeffries
as Greek `Cousin'
John Le Mesurier
as Defense Attorney
Michael Trubshawe
as The Novelist
Riccardo Billi
as Greek Shipowner
Meri Welles
as Hollywood Starlet
Martin Miller
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for The Pink Panther

All Critics (29)

The first film of the popular series, in which David Niven (not Peter Sellers) is the nominal lead, introduced Mancini's pouncing score

Full Review… | August 13, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Funny and entertaining after all these years.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

The whole ensemble is played like a Stradivarius

Full Review… | March 15, 2010
CinePassion

It is fun to look back and see how Peter Sellers completely stole the film from its bankable star, David Niven.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
7M Pictures

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]

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Sellers is at the top of his game.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

hilarious. B+

Richard C
Richard C

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