A Shot in the Dark

1964, Comedy/Mystery & thriller, 1h 41m

32 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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A Shot in the Dark is often regarded as the best of the Pink Panther sequels, and Peter Sellers gives a top-notch performance that makes slapstick buffoonery memorable. Read critic reviews

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Inspector Clouseau is called to a house where a murder was committed and finds that every clue points to the beautiful maid, Maria. As more people are killed, each set of clues always points to Maria, and Closeau continues to release her and escort her around town.

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  • Jun 24, 2021
    Putting Clouseau front and center forced Sellers and Edwards to clearly define his particular buffoonery, setting up scenarios and character interactions that would be repeated for several movies (Herbert Lom's addition is particularly inspired). I believe that this is the series at its best as Sellers' antics stand out a little more when they are fresh and when there is still some semblance of reality around him.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2016
    Peter Sellers can still draw a smile in the role of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. The scene where he tries to burst down a door where a lady is singing in a recital (thinking her in trouble), only to have the door opened and then flail through the room on his way out of the window opposite and the river below, made me chuckle. That gives you an idea for the physical comedy to expect in this film, some of which works, and some of which has lost its edge over the years. Elke Sommer plays the suspected murderer who Clouseau can't believe has done it because he has the hots for her, but wasn't all that appealing to me. You can certainly do worse, but I doubt you will be blown away either.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    I recently re visited the original Pink Panther, I can't say I overly enjoyed it, and the only reason I give it only half a star less than this is the charming ending won me over. Overall, A Shot In the Dark is more up my alley for what I want in a Peter Sellers, Pink Panther movie. This is far more foc film used on comedic elements with the clumsy Clouseau. I'm in a minority who thinks the two modern Pink Panther are hilarious, and would pick them over the classics. I did enjoy this though, and the nudist colony scene may just be the best I've seen in a Panther film (thus far)
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  • Nov 21, 2012
    There are some comedic moments in "A Shot in the Dark" that work quite well, but a lot of the time, the slapstick feels either forced or just plain dated, and I think that a lot of this is owed to Peter Sellers' performance, which is moderately unconvincing. That being said, "A Shot in the Dark" is an enjoyable time-passer, even though it hasn't held up well, and I can appreciate how sophisticated the comedy in it is. I very much so enjoyed the whole nudist colony bit.
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