The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Ten years passed without a spawn of Blake Edwards' misguided post-Peter Panthers — until he materialized with another bastardization: the love child of Jacques Clouseau, also a police officer and a bungler, played by the black hole of comedy, Roberto Benigni. The lush, wacky tale of the voluptuous Pink Panther diamond had, it seems, created another gem. He was the man who would be Clouseau. Dreyfus promptly escapes from the asylum and once again tries to kill Clouseau by planting a bomb while the Inspector by periodic arrangement duels with his manservant Cato Burt Kwouk.
Produced at the same time as Trail of the Pink Panther, the search continues for the elsewhere sleuth. The actor and the director improvised new Clouseau material. The nutty screen character of French Police Inspector Jacques Clouseau bumbled from modest beginnings in 1963's The Pink Panther to become a beloved motion picture franchise, at times on the same commercial level of popularity as 007 himself,. We're witnessing creative burnout, especially with Sellers in a Brando fat suit and 1950s Mafioso threads. I feared this one, the first Pink Panther in three decades not to involve the participation of Blake Edwards. This movie earned its spot on this list.
Eager to explore more in the silly detective, Edwards grabbed an unrelated Broadway whodunit and — with William Peter Blatty The Exorcist — rewrote the play as sophisticated slapstick for Sellers. There's no Pink Panther jewel involved. Only half of these films are actually propelled by the diamond. Here you will find unforgettable moments, scenes and lines from all your favorite films. This attempt to reinvigorate the franchise failed with a thud. It still does, although there are some delightful moments.
Needing a warm body, a desperate Edwards hired Sellers. The story goes that when Ava Gardner left the cast abruptly, Peter Ustinov followed. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for Switzerland, where the famous Lugashi jewel 'The Pink Panther' is going to be. It wasn't long before the lead, David Niven, realized his film had been stolen from under him. Made by movie fans, for movie fans. The bomb destroys Clouseau's apartment and injures Cato, but Clouseau himself is unharmed, being lifted from the room by an inflatable disguise.
In an apparent attempt to top all of the Panthers, Clouseau becomes James Bond-like, tracking Chief Inspector Dreyfus Herbert Lom , who has gone beyond madness to build a Doomsday machine to blow up major cities if someone, anyone doesn't kill Clouseau. Where Clouseau was once an innocent, simply employed in the wrong line of work, here he's on a path to increasing insanity, outlandish disguises, explosive gags, and a strange, thick accent he never had before. Writer-producer-director Blake Edwards created the character with co-writer Maurice Richlin, but it wasn't until actor Peter Sellers found himself in the role that the intended secondary Clouseau became the star, the hero, the icon. The fifth and final Sellers appearance as Clouseau or so Peter thought has the world's ruthless assassins plotting his demise. He is rescued from being incinerated by Dreyfuss when Soviet spy Olga Leslie Ann Down falls in love with him and strives to protect him. . At a psychiatric hospital, former Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus Herbert Lom is largely recovered from his obsession to kill the new Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau Peter Sellers and is about to be released when Clouseau, arriving to speak on Dreyfus' behalf, drives Dreyfus insane again.
His widow agreed, says Internet Movie Database. While the escapade is immensely entertaining, it marked the end of the Inspector's charming subtilty. Apologies for the insult to black holes. However, he does not know who The Phantom really is, or for that matter who anyone else really is. Undistinguished, go-through-the-motions bedlam follows until Jacques Clouseau is found, portrayed by Roger Moore! The animated title sequence is the undisputed high point of this movie, a developing trend over the several preceding vehicles.
After A Shot in the Dark, Edwards, and Sellers declined the third turn. Sadly, we're starting over with Clouseau's previous cases and personal history ignored. After the film opened in U. Much has been said of Steve Martin in the Clouseau role, treading on Sellers' domain. Going into the deal, I felt Martin to be the only current comic star who has the chops to pull off the challenge. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for Switzerland, where the famous Lugashi jewel 'The Pink Panther' is going to be.
The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Sellers rushed to location on a Friday and the shoot began Monday. Perhaps, the deadliest major motion picture comedy I have ever seen. The sequel was in the can, but United Artists shelved it before The Pink Panther opened. Using outtakes, largely from The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and previously seen footage, series characters share memories of their encounters with the missing detective. Several of the Clouseau sequences are amusing, but the bulk is desperation strokes to exploit Sellers.
The first 50% or so is solid funny, but the ludicrous undercover costumes the detective dons become disjointed, hit-or-miss side sketches in the festivities. Nearly a dozen years passed before Edwards and Sellers resumed their partnership on the Clouseau front after this project for British television evolved into a theatrical feature. Driven insane by the stupidities of Clouseau Peter Sellers , ex-inspector Dreyfuss Herbert Lom transforms into a master criminal. . . . .
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