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The Pink Panther -- Meet Inspector Jacques Clouseau - the bumbling French detective whose career is one gigantic banana peel.
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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Maurice Richlin (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 March 1964 (USA) See more »
You only live once... so see the Pink Panther twice!!! See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (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 (voice) (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
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)
Ken Harris .... 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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115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono
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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Blake Edwards decided the title sequence would benefit from animation. The Pink Panther, meant to be a personification of the title jewel (a pink-hued diamond with a tiny flaw resembling a large cat), was created by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng and chosen by Edwards from more than a hundred other panther sketches.See more »
Continuity: Disappearing cigarette when the Princess collapses drunk on the rug.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV)See more »
It Had Better Be TonightSee more »


How did the Pink Panther diamond get its name?
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83 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
It's Not Supposed to be the same as the sequels, 25 July 2002
Author: William Brown (wdbrown) from Salem, Oregon

Nearly every review I have read condemning _The Pink Panther_ to second or third rate status in the "pantheon" of Clouseau movies comes from someone who either didn't know it existed or who was raised on the totally slapstick offerings that came later. If you are expecting the hackneyed humor and over-the-top performances that came with the last few Panther movies you are bound to be surprised by a movie that took time to make sense out of a story. If those movies are your standard for humor, you are bound to be disappointed.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I watched it when it came out. I was eleven and it was showing at a local drive-in. Since then the movie has never failed to entertain me.

Unlike most of the other reviewers, I don't share the same admiration for the later Clouseau movies. I did enjoy _A Shot in the Dark_ and even liked _Return of the Pink Panther_ and its sequel, but frankly, Herbert Lom's twitch, Kato's surprise attacks, increasingly more ludicrous plot devices, and the very fact that Clouseau was still in a position of responsibility was more disbelief than I was willing to suspend.

_The Pink Panther_ is a great Romantic Comedy. That, in itself separates it from all the other Panther clones, which are all farcical slapsticks. Different humor, different purposes, therefore a different appreciation.

_The Pink Panther_ was not a blueprint for other Clouseau movies. Only for the Clouseau character.

This movie was the inspiration for an American icon. The Pink Panther cartoons came out well before the next movie. It also featured inspired comedy performances by its four leads. Yes, FOUR leads. Just because Clouseau wasn't the only major character doesn't mean he was minor. Sellers has more scenes than anyone except David Niven.

_The Pink Panther_ deserves to be considered on its own merits and not compared to movies of another genre that strove to capitalize on the popularity of the original.

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