The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) Poster


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Edited into 

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Footage is incorporated into the main story


Brats (1930) (Short)
The water-filled bathroom gag, with the deluge of water rushing out the door when it is opened. Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers were both big fans of Laurel and Hardy, and drew inspiraton and ideas from their films.
Duck Soup (1933)
Identical gag where a radio is mistaken for a safe by a burglar
Casablanca (1942)
"As Time Goes By" is heard on a piano; "Here's looking at you, kid."
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946) (Short)
The taxi cab gag is reused.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
Clouseau misses being shot while in sniper cross hairs by sneezing, like DeGaulle - the ultimate target in Day of the Jackal.

Referenced in 

Taxi Driver (1976)
Title of this film is shown on a theater marquee.
The 18th Annual Grammy Awards (1976) (TV Special)
Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
Reference to two assassination attempts on Clouseau by his boss - the second of these was in "The Return of the Pink Panther"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Ring of Terror (1990) (TV Episode)
Cato!.. Cato!..
Palm Harbor Vice (1991)
The character of Chief Haggerty is styled in the manner of dress of Inspector Clouseau and his relationship with the officers is a reference to the relationship between Clouseau and his boss, Chief Inspector Dreyfus.
Victor & Hugo: Bunglers in Crime (1991) (TV Series)
Belshazzer's Bunion is protected by the same Security System as the Pink Panther.
Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV Movie)
Poster is shown.
The Simpsons: This Little Wiggy (1998) (TV Episode)
A film called "The Return of the Pink Panther Returns" is on TV in Chief Wiggum's bedroom.
The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV Special)
Referenced by title
The Pink Panther Story (2003) (Video)
Refers to the last three Panther films Peter Sellers made
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (2011) (TV Episode)
likens the Halloween sequel titles to the ones in this series.
Have I Got News for You: Episode #46.7 (2013) (TV Episode)
Paul Merton talks about Kato hiding in a fridge, which was in this film.
Why Horror? (2014)
DVD cover is shown.
AniMat's Classic Reviews: Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (2015) (TV Episode)
The Pink Panther intros are mentioned as one of Richard Williams' side projects.
Why Him? (2016)
Ned mentions this when Gustav attacks Laird
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.162 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the category "Comedy Films of the 1970s".

Featured in 

That's Panthertainment (1978) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Peter Sellers is shown as Inspector Clouseau in one of his disguises
The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Troldspejlet: Episode #35.7 (2006) (TV Episode)
DVD compilation The Pink Panther Collection featuring all the original Peter Sellers movies reviewed + footage used
I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1975 (2006) (TV Episode)
clips; discussed
De wereld draait door: Episode #4.66 (2008) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
2016: We Remember Part Two (2016) (TV Movie)
archive footage


Saps at Sea (1940)
The radio blasting music when mistaken for a safe, like the refrigerator blasts music in the L&H film.
Casablanca (1942)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Similarity of plot (both involve a retired European jewel thief accussed of stealing again and the theif's attempt to clear himself; in both films the true thief is a woman close to the former thief; the connection is made plain with the spoken line, "Set a thief to catch a thief"
The Addams Family (1964) (TV Series)
Light bulb illuminating when held in Clouseau's hand, like the bulb lights up when held in Uncle Fester's mouth.

Spoofed in 

Shrek (2001)

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