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The Pink Panther -- In the first movie starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, he tries to catch a jewel thief who is right under his nose.

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Director:
Writers:
Maurice Richlin (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 March 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You only live once... so see the Pink Panther twice!!! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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First "Panther" was very different, but quite good See more (142 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Niven ... Sir Charles Lytton

Peter Sellers ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau

Robert Wagner ... George Lytton

Capucine ... Simone Clouseau
Brenda de Banzie ... Angela Dunning
Colin Gordon ... Tucker

John Le Mesurier ... Defence Barrister (as John LeMesurier)
James Lanphier ... Saloud
Guy Thomajan ... Artoff
Michael Trubshawe ... Felix Townes
Riccardo Billi ... Aristotle Sarajos
Meri Welles ... Monica Fawn (as Meri Wells)
Martin Miller ... Pierre Luigi - Photographer
Fran Jeffries ... Greek 'cousin'

Claudia Cardinale ... Princess Dahla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bartha ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Eugene Walter ... Hotel Manager (English dubbing) (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Maurice Richlin (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)

Produced by
Dick Crockett .... associate producer
Martin Jurow .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen  (as Reginald Allen)
Arrigo Breschi 
Jack Stevens 
 
Makeup Department
Amalia Paoletti .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
Michele Trimarchi .... makeup artist (as Michele Tremarchi)
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Guy Luongo .... production supervisor
Jack McEdward .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ottavio Oppo .... assistant director
Owen Crump .... director: location second unit (uncredited)
Owen Crump .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mickey Lennon .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... head scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound effects editor
Sash Fisher .... sound (uncredited)
William Hamilton .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lee Zavitz .... special effects
 
Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff King .... camera operator
John Burton Jr. .... camera operator: animation (uncredited)
Bill Geddes .... camera grip (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Warren Batchelder .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Dale Case .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Corny Cole .... lead graphic designer: main titles (uncredited)
George DeLado .... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
David H. DePatie .... animation producer (uncredited)
Friz Freleng .... animation producer (uncredited)
Manny Gould .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
George Grandpré .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Laverne Harding .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Harry Love .... production coordinator: animation (uncredited)
Bob Matz .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Norm McCabe .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Tom O'Loughlin .... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
Manuel Perez .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Hawley Pratt .... director: animation sequence (uncredited)
Dick Ung .... layout artist: main titles (uncredited)
Don Williams .... animator: main titles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe supervisor (as Annalisa Rocca)
Yves Saint-Laurent .... wardrobe: Claudia Cardinale and Capucine (as Yves St. Laurent)
William Ware Theiss .... wardrobe consultant (as William Theiss)
 
Editorial Department
Marshall M. Borden .... assistant film editor
David B. Zinnemann .... assistant film editor
Lee Gunther .... film editor: animation (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
James Lanphier .... dialogue coach
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:12 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (certificate #20449) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The role of Simone Clouseau was offered to Ava Gardner and Janet Leigh before Capucine got the part. In her autobiography, Leigh states she turned it down because she had recently gotten married to fourth husband Robert Brandt and didn't want to go on location and away from her new husband. Gardner accepted the role, but both her salary and personal demands were deemed unacceptable to the producers.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At the start of his first visit with the Princess, Sir Charles Lytton is using his cane on the left. Within minutes, he's switched it to his right. This could just indicate that he's playing up the injury to spend time with her.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Gem dealer 1:As in every stone of this size, there is a flaw.
Sultan:A flaw?
Gem dealer 2:The slightest flaw, your excellency.
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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How did the Pink Panther diamond get its name?
Does the Pink Panther diamond really exist?
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53 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
First "Panther" was very different, but quite good, 5 March 2002
Author: mlevans from Oklahoma

I honestly thought I had seen every Pink Panther movie. (Or should I say, every `Clouseau movie,' since I had even seen Adam Arkin's `Inspector Clouseau'?) I discovered tonight, however, that I had never seen the original 1963 classic, `The Pink Panther.' (Or, if I had, I was far too young to appreciate it and had forgotten all but a couple of scenes.)

For those not familiar with the film, this, of course, launched the Clouseau character and the Pink Panther series. Beyond the characters of Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) and Sir Charles Litton (David Niven) and the fabulous Pink Panther diamond, though, there is little resemblance between the series-launching film and later Panther comedies. This is not necessarily bad, although fans of the fast-paced slapstick of the later entries will likely be a bit disappointed.

Of course this was the precursor, and Sellers and director Blake Edwards were just beginning to explore the character and world of Clouseau, that most incompetent and clumsy of detectives, who nevertheless gets his man.

The original Panther is a romantic comedy, with Sellers as merely part of a very good ensemble cast. We see very little of the hilarious Clouseau schtick for which Sellers is best remembered. He has no bizarre pronunciations yet and even has a gorgeous – though highly devious – wife. We can certainly see flashes of the Clouseau to come, though, and Sellers blends into the exotic montage quite well.

Niven is really the star of this first Panther production. As the swashbuckling, womanizing aristocrat/phantom, he turns in one of his best performances. A very young Robert Wagner also does good work as his long-lost nephew, George Litton.

Two extremely attractive and exotic actresses also heat things up. French beauty Capucine plays Simone Clouseau and is at the height of her career in 1963. Director George Cukor said that `The camera has a love affair with her face.' Edwards' camera certainly did. She handles both the romantic and slapstick scenes with equal aplomb. (Compare the `husband coming home unexpectedly' scene with Capucine, Liven, Wagner and Sellers with the same scene in `Horsefeathers' with all four Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd and her husband!) The other enchanter is Claudia Cardinale, as Princess Dala. The Italian beauty queen is perfect as the sexy, exotic princess and owner of The Pink Panther diamond. In the champagne scene with Litten and the Tiger rug, Cardinale is enticing enough to make a male viewer completely forget Sellers and his bumbling detective work!

While Edwards and Sellers changed directions a bit in later films, the original Pink Panther is worth renting for more than just its historic value. It is indeed a fine film and a wonderful work of art – something, which, indeed might be said for both Capucine and Cardinale, as well! By all means, rent the original Pink Panther; just don't expect slow motion Kung Fu attacks and insane chief inspectors taking shots at Clouseau!

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