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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Elegance in advance of slapstick 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)
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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)
 
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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 her fourth husband Robert Brandt and didn't want to go off on location and away from her new husband for the duration of filming. Ava Gardner accepted the role but both her salary and personal demands were deemed unacceptable to the producers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
It Had Better Be TonightSee more »

FAQ

How did the Pink Panther diamond get its name?
Does the Pink Panther diamond really exist?
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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Elegance in advance of slapstick, 10 March 2002
Author: Kakueke

It is said correctly that the first two Pink Panther movies, this and "A Shot in the Dark," are more sophisticated and for adults, compared with the later series of films that began ten years later, which are more blatant slapstick and somewhat juvenile. The latter are more purely entertaining, because they cause people (even adults) to break out and laugh, whereas the humor here is more elegant and less loud, not to say it is not very good. Still, I rate the original "Pink Panther" film very highly because of its own brand of entertainment and humor, and I put it above most of its successors ("Returns" and "Strikes Again" are at least as good, but I think most people would agree that with the end ones things go downhill).

Clouseau is one of the five main characters in the film, but he is only the fourth most prominent. It might be said that David Niven as the many-times-over thief Sir Charles Litton is the most prominent, followed by Claudia Cardinale as Central Asian Princess Dala, owner of the Pink Panther diamond that is the bait to be stolen, but I would argue that Clouseau's wife Simone (played by Capucine) is as at least equal to Sir Charles, if not more prominent. After all, she is effectively a double agent — Clouseau's wife, while aiding and abetting Sir Charles — and she even has a fling with Sir Charles's nephew George Litton. Two different affairs, but all of an extremely classy and gorgeous woman, just like Claudia Cardinale, and she seems to like all three men equally. Within her romances and the intrigue of the plot there is lots of hotel bedroom-to-bedroom back and forth and hiding, etc. Simone's humor, combined with her good bearing, is great, and she is the highlight of the film to me.

Clouseau's bumbling and klutziness is there, just less-pronounced, less loud and dominant. The film flows well, with good dialogue and comedy, and elegant settings of upscale hotels and fancy parties. The wit and humor are perhaps not described as subtle, but just less loud and more intelligent and refined than that of the later films. It seems that many comedies have idiotic, goofy characters, to such an extent that they may not be funny, but in this film the five main characters are urbane and smooth. Even Sellers has that bearing, while being a klutz too. But sometimes the presence of such more refined characters does not matter if the people are not appealing and the comedy is not funny. Here, however, the characters are definitely very appealing and poised, within a well-written good script, making for a good chemistry.

There is a great scene in which Sir Charles attempts to seduce the princess, who is laying stomach down on a tiger skin. The verbal reigns over the slapstick there, as in many other parts of the movie. Still, the ending is not without the latter, and it has a good ironic twist. Yes, there will be more slapstick to come...

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