The Pink Panther1963
The Pink Panther (1963)
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as Insp. Clouseau
as Sir Charles Lytton
as Simone Clouseau
as Princess Dahla
as George Lytton
as Angela Dunning
as Greek `Cousin'
as Defense Attorney
as The Novelist
as Greek Shipowner
as Hollywood Starlet
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]
Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther
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.
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.
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.