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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:
A Milestone Despite Itself See more (141 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
An animated Pink Panther was created for the opening credits because writer and director Blake Edwards felt that the credits would benefit from some kind of cartoon character. David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng decided to personify the film's eponymous jewel, and the Pink Panther character was chosen by Edwards from over a hundred alternative panther sketches. The Pink Panther introduced in the opening credits became a popular film and television character in his own right, beginning with the cartoon short The Pink Phink (1964) the following year.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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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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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Milestone Despite Itself, 1 March 2005
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

While "The Pink Panther" launched one of film comedy's most celebrated franchises, it doesn't seem like director Blake Edwards had a clue what made it work. Peter Sellers makes his debut as bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau, but he gets lost in a supporting role in an antic caper comedy that tries to be sophisticated and slapstick all at once, with minimal success.

Something's off from the very beginning, where we see the familiar image of the Pink Panther toying with the opening credits, only instead of suavely making trouble for others, the cartoon cat becomes the butt of it. A similar fate befalls Clouseau in the ensuing movie, made into the fall guy by screenplay and his faithless wife alike. Instead of Clouseau bumbling his way to win the day, he falls short at every turn.

A friendlier, more mild-mannered character than he would become in later films, which makes the sadistic streak toward him here harder to take, Clouseau is largely a bystander in a story that focuses on the travails of jewel thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), his ne'er-do-well nephew (Robert Wagner), the thief's lover (and Clouseau's wife, played by Capucine), and a princess who stands to lose her priceless diamond the Pink Panther to Sir Charles, not to mention her heart.

You kind of want to give "The Pink Panther" every benefit of the doubt when the princess is played by the lovely Claudia Cardinale. There's great music by Henry Mancini, notably the well-known title theme but also some incidental numbers that resonate with early-60s lounge chic. The scenery in the Italian Alps is fetching, and so are the Yves St. Laurent outfits the ladies wear. There's some charming conversation between Sir Charles and the princess that almost doesn't come off as contrived only because the actors sell it so well.

But the film is slow, especially for those of us used to the faster pace and surer humor of the later Panther films. Some will say the series became more adolescent after this first installment, but what really happened was Edwards dropped the pretensions on display here, not to mention boring Sir Charles, and figured out why the film succeeded as much as it did. Only a few months later, Clouseau was back on screen in the classic "A Shot In The Dark," and the Pink Panther series began in earnest.

Capucine is the weakest link, with her vinegary, put-upon face and unlikable role, yet she stars in the film's one brilliant sequence, where her character is wooed alternately by Lytton and his nephew sneaking into her hotel room, and then she has to protect both from discovery by a suspicious Clouseau. It works because there's a natural rhythm to it, a build-up that doesn't feel artificial and a quick succession of funny moments, like when one of the intruders hides in a bathtub, or a champagne bottle goes off at the wrong moment.

But the rest of the film feels more labored, with Clouseau tripping over everything and everyone, jamming his hand in someone's beer mug and poking his finger up another man's nose just to remind us we're supposed to laugh. Let's not even discuss that dislikable ending.

You have a good moment here and there, a nice performance of "It Had Better Be Tonight" by the here-and-gone Jane Fonda lookalike Fran Jeffries, and Sellers taking what might be called a practice run at his signature role. But "The Pink Panther," while fitfully entertaining, is hardly memorable, and overstays its welcome by half-an-hour. Fortunately, Edwards and Sellers wasted little time getting it right with "A Shot In The Dark," and a rich vein of real comedy would be tapped for all to enjoy.

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