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The Pink Panther (1963)

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Bumbling and conceited French police inspector Clouseau tries to catch The Phantom, a daring jewel thief whose identity and features are unknown - and is acting right under his nose.



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Felix Townes
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Meri Welles ...
Monica Fawn (as Meri Wells)
Martin Miller ...
Pierre Luigi - Photographer
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Greek 'cousin'


The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. 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. However, he does not know who The Phantom really is, or for that matter who anyone else really is... Written by Graeme Roy <>

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Release Date:

20 March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pantera rosa  »

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SEK 2,212,000 (Sweden)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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The Pink Panther diamond is named not only for its color, but also for a tiny pink panther-shaped flaw. The overall pink however would make the Panther a very rare Type IIa diamond, in which some colors are absorbed not by impurities as in most other colored stones but by a misalignment in atomic structure caused by tectonic pressure during formation ('plastic deformation'). Though there are about a dozen large pink diamonds of name in the world, there has never been an actual "Pink Panther". See more »


In one of the bedroom scenes, the Inspector places his robe on a chair next to the bed. In the next shot the robe is gone and returns again the following shot. See more »


[first lines]
Gem dealer 1: As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw.
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Gem dealer 1: If you look deep into the stone, you will perceive the tiniest discoloration. It resembles an animal.
Sultan: An animal?
Gem dealer 1: A little panther.
Sultan: Yes! A pink panther. Come here, Dala. A gift to your father from his grateful people. Some day it will be yours. The most fabulous diamond in all the world. Come closer.
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Crazy Credits

Although the film's title actually refers to a jewel, the credits are presented in a cartoon sequence featuring a pink panther who interacts with the lettering in various ways -- spinning letters around, unscrambling words, inserting extra credits for himself, and so on. The cartoon panther has subsequently appeared in the same manner in several sequels to this film and eventually his own TV series The Pink Panther Show (1969). See more »


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Music Henry Mancini
English Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Italian Franco Migliacci
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Terrific fun thanks to underplaying by Sellers.

I had an absolute ball watching this. It works so well because Sellers underplays it. He's never over-the-top, never looks like he's playing for jokes, which makes his bumbling all the funnier.

Blake Edwards epitomises the sexy martini and bright colours world of the cinematic sixties for me. Revisiting Pink Panther since my childhood, i can see how this was a natural continuation from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The charming David Niven and radiant belle Claudia Cardinale give added appeal. They are actually the two leads. Inspector Clouseau is a supporting player in this. His mass popularity lead to his being the centre of the sequals, including the famous second film Shot in the Dark, also by Blake Edwards.

A gem of a "man hiding in the closet" farce, perfect for late-night fun. See it if you enjoyed What's Up Doc? or Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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