A Shot in the Dark (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Shot in the Dark (1964)

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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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In this film, a murdered corpse is found at the chateau of millionaire Benjamin Ballon. Inspector Clouseau is sent to investigate, but chief inspector Charles Dreyfus is loathe to allow the bumbling Sellers near the case. While Dreyfus barely tolerates Clouseau's idiotic antics, Clouseau tends to the case at hand.

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Cast

Peter Sellers
as Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer
as Maria Gambrelli
George Sanders
as Benjamin Ballon
Herbert Lom
as Charles Dreyfus
Tracy Reed
as Dominique Ballon
Graham Stark
as Hercule Lajoy
Andre Maranne
as Francois
Douglas Wilmer
as Henri LaFarge
Vanda Godsell
as Mme. Lafarge
David Lodge
as Georges
Reginald Beckwith
as Camp Receptionist
Bryan Forbes
as Charlie
Jack Melford
as Psychoanalyst
Andre Charisse
as Game Warden
Victor Baring
as Taxi Driver
Howard Greene
as Gendarme
Tutte Lemkow
as Kazak Dancer
Fred Hugh
as Balding Customer
Rose Hill
as Soprano
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Critic Reviews for A Shot in the Dark

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (4)

This isn't quite up to the original, but it has its moments.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sometimes the narrative is subordinated to individual bits of business and running gags but Sellers' skill as a comedian again is demonstrated.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
Cinema Crazed

The picture is filled with one sight gag after another, many familiar to anyone old enough to remember the glory days of silent comedy.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
TV Guide

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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