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A Shot in the Dark (1964)

 -  Comedy | Mystery  -  23 June 1964 (USA)
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As murder follows murder, beautiful Maria is the obvious suspect; bumbling Inspector Clouseau drives his boss mad by seeing her as plainly innocent.

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Dominique Ballon
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Moira Redmond ...
Simone
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Madame LaFarge
Maurice Kaufmann ...
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Georges
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When rich M. Ballon's spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria Gambrelli, the maid, to be the murderer. But Clouseau, being attracted to the beautiful girl, is convinced that she is hiding something. So, he has her released from jail and tries to follow her secretly. Things do not work out the way the inspector wanted and people keep being murdered, and each time innocent Maria seems to be the killer. But with someone important wanting Clouseau and nobody else to cover this case, his tolerance-challenged boss Charles Dreyfuss is close to losing his mind when casualties keep turning up. And Clouseau keeps on causing trouble without knowing it... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Meet the inspector who was always on the job In The Bedroom... In The Nightclub... In The Nudist Colony! See more »

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Kato, a Japanese character played by Chinese-English actor Burt Kwouk, is named for the similar character Kato in the Green Hornet radio programs and film serials of the 1930s and 40s. In later Clouseau installments he is called Cato, presumably due to intellectual property issues. The original Kato had his nationality revised from Japanese to Korean to Filipino (and would go on to become Chinese in The Green Hornet (1966) and The Green Hornet (2011) which post-date A Shot in the Dark) due to changing social mores, political expediences and convenient casting, and the casting of Kwouk continued this whether by design or not. This mishmash unintentionally added to the humor of Westerners' proverbial inability to distinguish between Asian nationalities. See more »

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When Clouseau walks up to the bench where Dudu is "sitting" while at the nudist colony, it is obvious that Peter Sellers is wearing dark-colored swim trunks while holding the guitar. See more »

Quotes

Dreyfus: What about the maid?
Clouseau: The maid?
Dreyfus: Was he jealous of her too? He strangled her.
Clouseau: It is possible that his intended victim was a man and that he made a mistake.
Dreyfus: A mistake?... in a nudist camp?
Clouseau: Nobody's perfect.
Dreyfus: Idiot nincompoop lunatic!
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Shadows of Paris
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Performed by Fran Jeffries
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"If I Had Ten Clousseaus I Could Destroy The World"
21 March 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The popularity of Peter Sellers's Inspector Clousseau from the The Pink Panther it warranted the bumbling French detective getting center stage in what turned out to be a series of films. For the rest of his life Sellers was assured of movie profits by just making another Clousseau film.

A Shot In the Dark also introduced two new characters to the series, Clousseau's supervisor Chief Inspector Dreyfus played by Herbert Lom and his houseboy/karate teacher Kato who was played by Bert Kwouk. Dreyfus became almost as popular as Clousseau himself. Herbert Lom's career had been spent playing mostly villains and pretty serious and deadly ones at that.

Inspector Clousseau can best be described as a human train wreck. The slightest motion on his part is a recipe for disaster. Best to be about ten feet from him at any given time and even that won't always work. His klutziness drives Lom to the brink of insanity here and in future films, he crossed over the line.

But he's got instincts which is why I'm sure he remains an inspector of the Surete. He draws a case involving a murder at wealthy baron George Sanders's house and it seems kind of open and shut that the maid, Elke Sommer did it. But Sellers listens to his hormones talking and refuses to make the arrest. And as more dead bodies keep piling up around Sommer, the more Sellers listens to that voice south of the Equator.

With Clousseau, Peter Sellers joins the ranks of such great cinema clowns as Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Sit back and don't eat while watching A Shot In The Dark, you won't be able to hold it down.


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