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 unusual red sculpture on the wall behind the dining room table is a Mexican "árbol de la vida" (tree of life). They are still manufactured today. 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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Referenced in Pastewka: Der Parkausweis (2012) See more »


The Party
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by the party latecomers
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An endearing comedy from the 1960s
16 January 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

`The Party' is one of the few comedies that I can watch repeatedly and still enjoy, to a great extent due to the charm of the character Peter Sellers creates. Hrundi V. Bakshi urgently needs to be appropriate and polite (he absolutely CANNOT be impolite), but his natural curiosity and unfamiliarity with his surroundings wreak havoc. He's really quite an admirable fellow, though. He's unfailingly considerate and reasonable, but brave and resourceful when coming to the aid of another, as in the case of producer C.S. Divot's (Gavin MacLeod) exploitation of Michelle Monet (Claudine Longet). I find it hard to accept the notion that the characterization is racist, as some contend, unless you consider the very act of a white person playing an Indian in dark makeup racist. It can't be denied that many westerners find the accent amusing (see Baboo in `Seinfeld,' or Apu in `The Simpsons'). Still, Sellers' characterization of Bakshi is no stereotype, and I don't feel that his portrayal brings discredit to anyone.

That aside, this is one damned funny film! As `anonymous' from Chicago has pointed out below, there are interesting aspects there for your consideration, if you choose to look for them. More than just a series of pratfalls and sight gags, `The Party' is a multi-faceted creation, as is its central character. If you haven't seen it, pour yourself a heaping bowl of birdie num-nums and give it a look. It's on DVD now, collectors.

I need only add that I am not your sugar.

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