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A Shot in the Dark
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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:
Classic Peter Sellers comedy See more (105 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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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:
The role of Maria Gambrelli was originally given to Sophia Loren, but she became ill and couldn't do it. The next choice was Austrian actress Romy Schneider, but she had a prior commitment.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The Japanese name Kato is pronounced throughout as Kayto rather than the correct Kahto. This error is copied from the Green Hornet radio and film-serial series which is being spoofed.See more »
Quotes:
[Opening lines - phone rings; Dreyfus picks it up]
Dreyfus:Commissioner Dreyfus... Ah, yes, my darling... I was just about to call you. I'm on my way. I've got the cheese and the beaujolais... What?
[laughs]
Dreyfus:... My love. Kiss the children for me... hmm?
[intercom buzzes]
Dreyfus:Hold on.
[covers phone mouthpiece; answers intercom]
Dreyfus:Yes?
intercom:Your wife is on the other line.
Dreyfus:Tell her I'm out of town.
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Classic Peter Sellers comedy, 11 July 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

A Shot in the Dark saw the great Peter Sellers reprise what is probably his most iconic role as the inept Inspector Clouseau. It's always obvious why Sellers is so well remembered for this role, as he's absolutely great in it. His mannerisms and quirks help to add to the personality of the character, and despite the fact that this man is overblown to comic book proportions, Sellers succeeds in making the role believable and, more importantly, very fun to watch. The majority of the humour in the film is of the slapstick variety, and while that can be very funny if done the right way; it's not my favourite type of humour. That being said, A Shot in the Dark does many of it's gags correctly, and while the film isn't consistently hilarious; there's enough good humour to ensure a good time to whoever's watching it. Also abundant in this film is classic Brit-flick style, which is great in my opinion. From Hammer Horror to Ealing comedy, I'm a big fan of classic British movies and so this film fits into that nicely.

The plot follows the accident-prone detective as he investigates the case of 'a shot in the dark', which resulted in the death of a man at a country house. The facts add up rather quickly to the maid, Maria (Elke Sommer), who was found at the scene of the crime with a smoking gun in her hand. Things are never that simple when Clouseau is on the case, however, and, convinced that she is a decoy to protect someone higher up the food chain, he proceeds in investigating this open and shut case. Aside from Sellers, this movie also features the talents of Herbert Lom, Elke Sommer and George Sanders, among others. This makes up a good support cast for yours truly, as I'm a big fan of horror and all of these are names in the British section of that genre. The plot of A Shot in the Dark is relatively simply done, but it always manages to find time for gags and humorous set pieces, and even when it appears to be slowing down; you can always count on another laugh being just around the corner. I don't love this movie, but it's definitely very good and marks a highlight in British comedy during the sixties.

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