A Shot in the Dark

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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.

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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.

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) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for A Shot in the Dark

  • 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)
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer

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