The Pink Panther

1963

The Pink Panther

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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

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Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther

  • Nov 25, 2017
    Inspector Clouseau may not be the main character, but Peter Sellers steals the show in this a delightful comedy that boasts Henry Mancini's classic theme and some very funny moments (many of them improvised), even if its sense of humor may feel a bit dated sometimes.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2012
    the whole film is stolen by sellers who becomes Inspector Clouseau. What is suppose to be a heist film with some humour is saved by Sellers. the film has a well rounded cast and does well for the most part. the only real let down is the film fails to create any real laughs for its main star. Blake Edwards creates a fine looking film with a fun chase scene and party scene. the film is uneven in its humour and story department but if you are not here for a pure comedy you'll enjoy the slow burning plot. Edwards would create better Pink Panther films following this but the plot is essentially a complicated heist going wrong. Sellers in a supporting role is superb as Clouseau which would become he's most iconic role. the film basically lacks humour when he is off screen which does create a slight boredom with the film. Niven is fine in the lead and gives a well rounded performance. the film is well cast but cannot overcome Sellers who is just too funny for a supporting role. the climatic chase scene is superb and very funy. I know there are much funnier pink panther films but this is still a classic in its own right. Edwards created a character of real substance to audiences and would provide for some greater films to follow. Sellers really stole the film and created something special.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer

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