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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:
As murder follows murder, beautiful Maria is the obvious suspect; bumbling Inspector Clouseau drives his boss mad by seeing her as plainly innocent. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Panther No Panth, Ith Thill A Thilly Movie 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)
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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

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Trivia:
This film was originally meant to have been an adaptation of the stage play by Harry Kurnitz. Walter Matthau and Peter Sellers were to have been the detectives, but Sellers did not like how things were going and wanted out. United Artists brought in Blake Edwards to keep Sellers on the project. Edwards looked at the script and thought that it might be better suited to the character of Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and rewrote the entire script with a young William Peter Blatty. It was released only three months after the original The Pink Panther (1963).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Clouseau is carrying Maria up the stairs, the bottle switches from his left hand to his right, while the two glasses in his right hand switch to his left.See more »
Quotes:
Maria Gambrelli:You can have one of my cigarettes.
Clouseau:Oh, thank you.
Maria Gambrelli:You have it in backwards.
Clouseau:Oh... it tastes very bad that way.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Pink Panther Story (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shadows of ParisSee more »

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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Panther No Panth, Ith Thill A Thilly Movie, 25 January 2006
Author: SylvesterFox007 from United States

"A Shot in the Dark", apparently, was intended to be a screen adaptation of a murder mystery stage play. Somehow, after the character of Inspector Clouseau caught on with audiences in "The Pink Panther", he got thrown into the mix here. The result is a movie that established the very essence of the Pink Panther movie series: murder mysteries where the "brilliant" detective just happened to be a complete klutz with barely enough brain cells to mesh two clues together.

Peter Sellers once again assumes the role of that complete klutz, with even more hilarious results than in "The Pink Panther." The film starts with a murder in the home of a French socialite, with so many shady characters creeping from room to room with lights coming on and off in true Pink Panther style that the audience isn't exactly sure who killed who. Through a bureaucratic mistake, the bumbling Inspector Clouseau is sent in. He meets the most obvious suspect, the beautiful, busty, blonde Elke Sommers, who shares top billing with Sellers. Trusting his hormones rather than the evidence, Clouseau launches a hilarious one-man campaign to prove the blonde's innocence.

A cast of supporting players that would become Pink Panther regulars is established here. Herbert Lom is Clouseau's twisted boss Commissioner Dreyfus. Burt Kwouk is Clouseau's Korean butler who engages in frequent training exercises with his master. Graham Stark, a close friend of Sellers, plays Clouseau's straight-laced side kick. The character wouldn't appear again until "Trail of the Pink Panther", although the actor would go on the play multiple roles throughout the rest of the series.

Henry Mancini scores again, but since Pink Panther wasn't intended to be the name of the franchise at the time, the famous theme music is gone. The new theme, however, is just as catchy and definitely could only be created by Mancini. The animated Pink Panther lurking around during the opening credits is also missing, though a new cast of animated characters takes his place.

Based on a mystery play, the movie is able to lampoon the conventions of murder mysteries pretty well, down to the drawing room conclusion. While the solution to the mystery is scattered, confusing, and almost non-existent, that's not really the point. Pink Panther films are about the comic misadventures of Peter Sellers' character, never about the plot.

With Clouseau finally portrayed as the hero rather than the film's antagonist, "A Shot in the Dark" sets the tone for the rest of the Pink Panther series better than "The Pink Panther" does, though the funniest sequels were still to come.

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