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Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) Poster

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The actor who plays Chief Inspector Clouseau in scenes shot after Sellers' death was John Taylor, who doubled Sellers in The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980).
Production started almost two years after it's lead star died. Therefore, Peter Sellers features in archive footage only, with deleted scenes; coming from The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), and old footage; coming from all the previous Pink Panther movies.
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Before Peter Sellers' untimely death, two drafts had been written for for another Pink Panther picture called "Romance of the Pink Panther". When Sellers passed-away, the project was canceled.
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Filmed at the same time as Curse of the Pink Panther (1983).
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In spite of the screenplay credits for Frank Waldman and Tom Waldman, the two actually contributed nothing to the script. Their credit was solely as a result of usage of the deleted scenes from The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) (which the latter made some uncredited contributions to).
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This film is dedicated to Peter Sellers and was marketed as a tribute to him. The dedication states: "To Peter . . . the one and only Inspector Clouseau."
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Peter Sellers' fourth wife, Lynne Frederick, won a $1.475 million lawsuit against the makers of this film. She said the film insulted the memory of her late husband.
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Final Pink Panther film for Peter Sellers, made posthumously with using outtakes and deleted scenes of him.
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This movie is compiled from outtakes and deleted scenes from five previous Pink Panther movies featuring Peter Sellers. New material involving other actors other than Peter Sellers was filmed for the movie. Some of the older material dated as far back as eighteen years before this movie was made, to around 1964. Reportedly, at the time of theatrical release, some of the archival footage of Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau had never been seen widely before.
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One of two 1982 pictures directed by Blake Edwards released in that year. The other movie was Victor Victoria (1982).
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Final Pink Panther film which both features Peter Sellers and is directed by Blake Edwards.
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The widow of Peter Sellers, Lynne Frederick, allegedly sued Blake Edwards and this movie's producers claiming that this movie allegedly diminished the late Seller's memory / reputation. Frederick's lawsuit was allegedly successful and with a reported settlement of US $1+ million.
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During the closing credits, a further compilation of clips from previous Pink Panther movies is shown.
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Dulcie Gray filmed a cameo but her part was removed in post.
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If Peter Sellers had not passed away, then this film would not allegedly have been made (at least at around this time). The next intended Pink Panther film that was being planned prior to Sellers' passing was entitled Romance of the Pink Panther.
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Harold Kasket was only cast because the actor first intended for the role died.
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The actor who plays Inspector Clouseau at the end of the film, seen only from the back, was Joe Dunne.
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An out of court settlement was made between MGM/UA and Peter Sellers' widow Lynne Frederick for allegedly using footage without permission.
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All of the outtakes come from "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" but Blake Edwards had hoped to also utilize outtakes from "Return Of The Pink Panther". He had cast Peter Arne and Gregoire Aslan who had been in "Return" to appear in linking material for "Trail" but Aslan died before production began and Edwards also wasn't able to secure rights to the outtakes. In the end, Harold Kasket replaced Aslan while Arne effectively played a different looking character not needed to match old footage.
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Edwards had originally hoped to construct a Citizen Kane-esque narrative, with Clouseau having gone missing at the very beginning of the story, whilst the memories of the supporting characters would showcase the deleted or unused content as the shooting scripts for Return, Strikes Again, and Revenge demonstrated a great amount of comedic material that was left on the cutting room floor. Unfortunately, MGM/UA were unwilling to pay ITC the fee they were asking for the Return outtakes, and Edwards fell behind schedule on Trail/Curse (MGM/UA also ended up reducing both films' budgets considerably), with the result being that Trail failed to live up to its potential.
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Clouseau's father tells the reporter, around 1:26:20, "My son, Jacques Clouseau, was born September 8th, 1920." This is the same birthday that Peter Sellers has, except he was born five years ahead of Clouseau's.
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David Niven: As Sir Charles Litton, a role he had not played himself since The Pink Panther (1963), a gap of about just under twenty years. Christopher Plummer had played Litton in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975). Niven was seventy-three years of age when he appeared in this movie. Niven filmed his scenes for this film and Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) at the same time, due to his ill health. His voice was so weak that professional celebrity impressionist Rich Little was hired to dub Niven's voice.
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Julie Andrews: The director Blake Edwards' wife as a Charwoman.
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