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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (screenplay) and
William Peter Blatty (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
23 June 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's Sellers the Sleuth... and there's nothing he won't do to track down a body -- dead or alive! See more »
Plot:
When a widow's husband gets murdered in cold blood, Inspector Clouseau is back on the job leaving Maria, the widow to be the suspect. However, Clouseau struggles the overwhelming evidence as the true suspect is still out there. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Sequel? Prequel? Hard to tell, but it has some laughs See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Jacques Clouseau

Elke Sommer ... Maria Gambrelli

George Sanders ... Benjamin Ballon

Herbert Lom ... Charles Dreyfus

Tracy Reed ... Dominique Ballon
Graham Stark ... Hercule LaJoy
Moira Redmond ... Simone
Vanda Godsell ... Madame LaFarge
Maurice Kaufmann ... Pierre
Ann Lynn ... Dudu
David Lodge ... Georges
André Maranne ... Francois
Martin Benson ... Maurice

Burt Kwouk ... Kato
Reginald Beckwith ... Receptionist at nudist camp
Douglas Wilmer ... Henri LaFarge
Bryan Forbes ... Camp Attendant (as Turk Thrust)
Andre Charisse ... Game Warden (as André Charise)
Howard Greene ... Gendarme
John Herrington ... The Doctor
Jack Melford ... The Psycho-Analyst
Victor Baring ... Taxi Driver
Victor Beaumont ... Gendarme
Tutte Lemkow ... Kazak Dancer
Hurtado de Córdoba ... Flamenco Dancers & Guitarist (as Hurtado De Cordoba Ballet)
Fred Hugh ... Balding Customer
Rose Hill ... Soprano
Tahitian Dance Group ... Tahitian Dance Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Lambert ... Man (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (screenplay) and
William Peter Blatty (screenplay)

Harry Kurnitz (based upon the stage play by)

Marcel Achard (from the play by)

Produced by
Blake Edwards .... producer
Cecil F. Ford .... associate producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles Bishop .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Norman Dorme .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Bramall .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist
Geoffrey Kidd .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Skeets Kelly .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
George Dunning .... animation director (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Elliot .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Martyn K.E. Green .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... conductor
Douglas Gamley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leland Hayward .... stage producer
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Maurice Landsberger .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:11 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #20691) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1975) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
None of the characters in the Harry Kurnitz stage play appear in the film since after Blake Edwards was brought in to replace the original director, he and William Peter Blatty rewrote the entire script.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Maria Gambrelli:[as Clouseau's coat is burning] Your coat, Monsieur!
Clouseau:Yes, it is my coat.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'The Producers' (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shadows of ParisSee more »

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50 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Sequel? Prequel? Hard to tell, but it has some laughs, 11 January 2005
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

The germination of the "Pink Panther" series of comedic mystery films is a complicated one. The first film in the series, "The Pink Panther", was actually the second one to be filmed! This film, "A Shot in the Dark", was originally intended to be the adaptation of a stage play, but director Edwards and actor Sellers refit the main character to accommodate the persona of Inspector Clouseu, which they were developing for "The Pink Panther". However, when the film was completed, it wasn't released and was deemed unfunny. Then when "The Pink Panther" was a hit, the studio released "A Shot in the Dark" as a sequel and a series was born. This explains why elements from the first film are absent from the second (Mrs. Clouseu anyone?) and why the second (actually first!) set the tone for the following films more than the first (actually the second! Confused yet?) Here, Sellers is front and center as the hapless and ever-clumsy Inspector. Freed from sharing screen time with a higher billed co-star (David Niven in the previous film) and without a particularly coherent plot to follow, he is allowed to engage in pratfall after pratfall and scenario after goofy scenario. Today's audiences may not completely go for the subtle, meticulously timed method of comedy shown here with emphasis on set up and repetitiveness, but patient and observant audience members should still find the film funny. By now, so much of the material has been cribbed or expanded upon, some of the edge is lost, but enough of the humor and situational gags are amusing enough to make the film worthwhile. Sellers insists upon the innocence of curvy stunner Sommer, a maid who has been found in a locked room with a dead body and a smoking gun in her hand. Time after time, he lets her out of prison and the body count increases. His thorough incompetence drives his superior (Lom) to insanity. Sommer's employer Sanders, a man of great wealth and taste, is also appalled by the bumbling Sellers, never more so than when he manages to practically trash a billiard room during a friendly game. One famous sequence has Sellers tracking Sommer down in a nudist colony. The modest Inspector navigates the idyllic hideaway using any available object to cover himself as the campers frolic behind shrubs and other props. Reed glams it up, but gets little to do as Sanders' bitchy wife. Another memorable sequence has Sellers and Sommer on a date with victim after victim falling prey to an assassin that's after Sellers. It's all a farcical enterprise that one must be in the mood for to fully enjoy. Otherwise, it becomes a little tiresome, but fans of physical comedy ought to lap it up. The remaining sequels were all sort of hybrids of "The Pink Panther" mixed with "A Shot in the Dark" and had fair success until the death of Sellers made it difficult to continue (but continue they did, using outtakes and other footage of the man! Anything to make a buck!) Henry Mancini provided some nice music, notably over the animated title sequence.

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