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A Shot in the Dark -- Get ready for a riotous adventure as Peter Sellers returns as the hapless Inspector Clouseau in his second Pink Panther film.

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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 »
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Tagline:
The screen commits the perfect comedy! See more »
Plot:
When rich M. Ballon's spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"I suspect everyone... and I suspect no one" See more (107 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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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:
In the scene where Clouseau rushes through a Paris apartment, only to go out the window - into the Seine - three cameras were set up to record the action. Of course a stunt double was employed, and told to "waggle" his legs on the way down, for more humour. The scene was filmed inside MGM's Stage 5 (in Boreham Wood, outside London) where a huge, 154,000 gallon tank, of tepid water, had been readied. Here, a set representing the first three stories of a French apartment house had been erected, right beside the tank. Because one cameraman had partly missed the fall the first time, the stuntman was asked to do it again. He changed out of his wet clothes, and duly did so, some minutes later. But the director felt he needed another, to be sure, and so a third take was done. Eventually only one camera angle was used, of course. The stunt man was paid about a hundred pounds for his part, it is believed.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The saxophonist at the nudist camp is wearing boxer shorts.See more »
Quotes:
Maria Gambrelli:[as Clouseau's coat is burning] Your coat, Monsieur!
Clouseau:Yes, it is my coat.
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Soundtrack:
Shadows of ParisSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"I suspect everyone... and I suspect no one", 11 February 2006
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

Although "A Shot in the Dark" is really the second film in the Pink Panther series, in many ways it is a beginning, as the first film to showcase Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau as the highlight of the film, overcoming the first film's occasional shortcomings due mainly to devoting too much screen time to David Niven's jewel thief, when what audiences really wanted was more Clouseau. Well here, their wish came true as there are virtually no scenes in the film without Clouseau present, and it is all the better as such. There can be no doubt that Peter Sellers is one of the greatest comedic actors of all time, and he is the primary reason the film is so enjoyable.

Director Blake Edwards is wise enough to latch onto this fact, and indeed, the entire premise of the film is essentially just a series of opportunities for Sellers to make full use of his brilliant physical comedy skills wrapped around a twisty murder mystery, as Clouseau struggles to prove that the prime suspect, the beautiful maid Maria (Elke Sommer) is not guilty, despite an increasing load of evidence proving otherwise. Introduced here are also Pink Panther regular characters Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) and Clouseau's lethal assistant Cato (Burt Kwouk), instructed to attack him when he least expects it to keep his guard up. (said instances including when in the bath, and in bed with Maria)

The storyline is admittably simple, with only a few basic twists to conceal the murderer's identity until the end, and mainly does exist to give Peter Sellers full reign to do what he is so very skilled at doing - evoking laughs out of the most ordinary situations or what would have been deemed immature and juvenile if attempted by another actor. (the primary reason Steve Martin's latest re-hash is almost certain to flop - he can never hope to compare to Sellers in his iconic role) And of course, Henry Mancini's unforgettable jazz theme music is a welcome addition to an already great movie.

It may seem strange that the only film in the series without the words "Pink Panther" should turn out to be the best in the series, but such is the case here. The film may seem somewhat dated, and perhaps not quite as witty as it would have been back in the 1960s, but Sellers' unique comedic talents assure that the entertainment value of the movie remains classic, even 40 years on.

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