Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther."
To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.
By a twist of fate, the clumsy, yet good-hearted aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after ruining utterly the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in his magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing and everybody is in high spirits. But much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party is going to end up. Written by
Associate producer Ken Wales nearly drowned during filming, after stuntman Dick Crockett shoved him into the foam-filled swimming pool as a joke. No-one had told either man that the foam was actually designed for use by firefighters, and absorbed oxygen in order to help put out fires, meaning that Wales couldn't breathe even when he was above the water, and had to be rescued by a couple of stagehands. See more »
The sax player is playing a tenor for the whole film until the end during the bubble scene when he mysteriously is playing a beaten up old C melody. Clearly he didn't want to get his horn ruined, but they should have used something else as it's a completely different instrument, different keywork and different color and different size. See more »
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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