A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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as Jacques Clouseau
as Maria Gambrelli
as Benjamin Ballon
as Charles Dreyfus
as Dominique Ballon
as Hercule Lajoy
as Henri LaFarge
as Mme. Lafarge
as Camp Receptionist
as Taxi Driver
as Game Warden
as Kazak Dancer
as Balding Customer
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Critic Reviews for A Shot in the Dark
Sometimes the narrative is subordinated to individual bits of business and running gags but Sellers' skill as a comedian again is demonstrated.
First of the Pink Panther sequels, establishing Sellers' incompetent Inspector Clouseau as a viable series character, and prompting Blake Edwards into an unchallenging downhill coast for far too long.
It is mad, but the wonderful dexterity and the air of perpetually buttressed dignity with which Mr. Sellers plays his role make what could quickly be monotonous enjoyable to the end.
The crime plot itself is merely window dressing for the one hundred minute showcase of Peter Sellers' amazing timing with both verbal and physical comedy.
The picture is filled with one sight gag after another, many familiar to anyone old enough to remember the glory days of silent comedy.
Audience Reviews for A Shot in the Dark
Jacques Clouseau investigates a murder in an upper class Parisian residence, protecting the prime suspect for whom he has a crush.
Broad comedy at its best, A Shot in the Dark features Peter Sellers reprising his most famous role. Sellers is great as Clouseau, and many of the physical gags are well choreographed and fun. If nothing else this film proves that the nudity-hiding bits in Austin Powers were thoroughly unoriginal.
The film doesn't say anything, but it doesn't try to.
Overall, this film is fun to watch, and that's about it.
A clever, well-made, funny entry into the 'Pink Panther' series, with the bumbling Inspector Clouseau (the legendary Peter Sellers) being called to investigate a murder in Paris, and how he continually finds ways to screw up the case. While occasionally too silly and stupid, this movie for the most part is a hilarious blast, with a Sellers-esque turn that is crowd-pleasing and irrefutably hysterical. It is not as good as 'Pink Panther', but director Blake Edwards finds ways to keep it interesting, especially when the pace threatens to drag down the movie to a screeching halt. If you like an old-school, clean style of humor, look no further than this movie.
My favorite of The Pink Panther series, as well as one of the funniest films ever made. This is the quintessential Clouseau film. The comedy is sharp and the outrageousness is, well, outrageous. There are also some fabulous set pieces and great improvisation from not just Sellers, but others as well. It all makes for a classic piece of comedic cinema.
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