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(1968)

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This film was improvised from a 56-page outline. Each scene was shot in sequence, and built upon the previous scene. To aid in this experiment, the film's producers had a video-camera tube attached to the Panavision camera and connected to an Ampex studio videotape machine, allowing the actors and crew to review what they had just filmed.
The only Blake Edwards -Peter Sellers collaboration that was not a Pink Panther film.
During the scene in which Peter Sellers wrecks the upstairs bathroom, the band downstairs can be heard playing "It Had Better Be Tonight," which was originally written and used both as a vocal and as an instrumental score in the first "Pink Panther" film.
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.
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.
Production designer Fernando Carrere reused the fireplace he had designed for The Pink Panther (1963) in this film.
Bakshi's car is a Morgan Sports Model, built from 1932-1939. Note that is has right-hand drive like all UK vehicles.
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.
When Hrundi is walking through the kitchen in search of a bathroom, Vin Scully can be heard calling a Dodger game on the radio. Scully still calls Dodger games to this day, decades later.
The Asian cook spoke in Cantonese, the main Chinese dialect spoken in Hong Kong.
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Released on the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated.
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