The Party (1968)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  4 April 1968 (USA)
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A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalia Borisova ...
Jean Carson ...
Rosalind Dunphy
Al Checco ...
Bernard Stein
Corinne Cole ...
Janice Kane
Dick Crockett ...
Frances Davis ...
Danielle De Metz ...
Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)
Herbert Ellis ...
Director (as Herb Ellis)
Paul Ferrara ...
Ronnie Smith
Molly Clutterbuck
Allen Jung ...


After getting fired from General Federal Studios, Junior Artiste, Hrundi V. Bakshi, ends up getting invited to an upscale party thrown by the wealthy Clutterbuck family. After his tryst with his shoe, he is aided by an inebriated butler and a baby elephant to create hilarious chaos for the hosts and their chic guests. Written by rAjOo (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If you've ever been to a wilder party... you're under arrest.




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Release Date:

4 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fiesta inolvidable  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)


SEK 4,388,000 (Sweden)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The interior of the mansion was a massive indoor set built at "The Lot" Studio, located at 1041 N. Formosa Avenue in West Hollywood, California. Not at the MGM studios in Culver City. See more »


After Bakshi (Peter Sellers) enters the house, soaked from the garden sprinklers, the make-up around Seller's eyes begins to run visibly. See more »


[first lines]
Director: All right, cut it! Cut it!
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Nothing to Lose
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Claudine Longet (uncredited)
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Charming Blake Edwards slapstick comedy
27 January 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

When I was working for the Museum of Modern Art, we had a small retrospective for Blake Edwards, and he selected "The Party" as the movie he wanted to open with: he felt it was his "purest" film comedy. After the opening sequence with the Peter Sellers character wrecking a movie set, the bulk of the film takes place during the night of a big Hollywood party (which the Sellers character is inadvertently invited to). In this, the film is as rigorous as Antonioni's "La Notte" (also set during the events of one day and night), and the sight gags build and accumulate in a manner that is reminiscent of Jacques Tati (with the same melancholic humor prevading the slapstick). The film is utterly charming, with some acerbic touches pricking the hypocrisies of Hollywood, and the film takes the time to let the characters (especially the two principals, played by Sellers and Claudine Longet in her only major film role) develop. It may not be as manic as parts of "The Pink Panther" but it's very funny in an even and sustained way.

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