The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

G  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  21 May 1975 (USA)
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Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue.



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Peter Jeffrey ...
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That famous jewel, The Pink Panther, has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources - himself and his oriental manservant - to reveal the true identity of 'The Phantom'. Written by Graeme Roy <>

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You may rest assured that there's trouble, because Inspector Clouseau is on the case. (That's the trouble.)


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Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El regreso de la pantera rosa  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,452,123 (Sweden)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was originally intended to be a 26-part Pink Panther miniseries produced by Blake Edwards for the British ATV. The ATV then decided to turn it into a "Movie-of-the-Week", followed by a move to a feature film. See more »


Lady Litton dives headfirst into the pool, then swims back towards Sir Charles; in the next shot, just before he rolls off the inflatable chair on top of her, her hair is completely dry. See more »


Col. Sharky: [after examining the scene of stolen Pink Panther, Clouseau notices the wire on the floor] Very ingenious.
Police Chief Lundallah: [annoyed] He pulled himself across the floor.
Clouseau: He did?
Police Chief Lundallah: How else could he have avoided our radar field?
Clouseau: Yes, how else. Hmm. Of course he would have needed a very slippery floor to do that.
Police Chief Lundallah: Therefore, the wax.
Clouseau: The wax? AGHH!
[Clouseau steps on the wax and falls to the floor]
Col. Sharky: Are you alright, Inspector?
Clouseau: [on his knees] Of course I'm alright. I'm... examining the wax.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the Pink Panther's actions and costumes provide references to Carmen Miranda, Esther Williams, Charles Chaplin, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Groucho Marx, George Raft and Boris Karloff (as Frankenstein's monster). See more »


Spoofs Saps at Sea (1940) See more »


The Greatest Gift
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Henry Mancini (uncredited)
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Some classic stuff, but not quite up to snuff...
7 September 1999 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

This is probably the fourth best film in the series, rating only ahead of 'Revenge' in terms of the original Sellers' films. There is some very funny stuff, but not quite up to the standards set in some of the other films.

For me, the sequence starting with Clouseau vacuuming Lady Linton's apartment is the best in the movie. Our first meeting with Guy Gadua (sp?) is hysterical as well.

Christopher Plummer is good, but Niven would have been better. Too bad he was unavailable.

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