The Pink Panther ()

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The bumbling 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".

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Sir Charles Lytton
Insp. Jacques Clouseau
George Lytton
Simone Clouseau
Angela Dunning
Defence Barrister (as John LeMesurier)
Felix Townes
Riccardo Billi ...
Aristotle Sarajos
Monica Fawn (as Meri Wells)
Pierre Luigi - Photographer
Greek 'cousin'
The Princess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Big Joe (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Enrico Cesaretti ...
Cortina d'Ampezzo Holiday Guest (uncredited)
Mario Fabrizi ...
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Philip H. Lathrop ...
Inspector Chasing Simone (uncredited)
Francesco Tensi ...
Lord Cravenwood (uncredited)
Eugene Walter ...
Hotel Manager (uncredited) (voice)
Walter Williams ...
Hotel Bartender (uncredited)
Wael Zuaiter ...
Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

Blake Edwards

Written by

Maurice Richlin ... (screenplay) and
Blake Edwards ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Dick Crockett ... associate producer
Martin Jurow ... producer
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

Philip H. Lathrop ... director of photography (as Philip Lathrop)

Film Editing by

Ralph E. Winters

Editorial Department

Marshall M. Borden ... assistant film editor
Tim Zinnemann ... assistant film editor (as David B. Zinnemann)
Lee Gunther ... film editor: animation (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Fernando Carrere

Set Decoration by

Reg Allen ... (as Reginald Allen)
Arrigo Breschi
Jack Stevens

Makeup Department

Amalia Paoletti ... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli ... makeup artist
Michele Trimarchi ... makeup artist (as Michele Tremarchi)
Giancarlo De Leonardis ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

Guy Luongo ... production supervisor
Jack McEdward ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ottavio Oppo ... assistant director
Owen Crump ... director: location second unit (uncredited) / second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

Terry Ackland-Snow ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Mickey Lennon ... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... head scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Gilbert D. Marchant ... sound effects editor
Sash Fisher ... sound (uncredited)
William Hamilton ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Lee Zavitz ... special effects


Dick Crockett ... stunts (uncredited)
Virgilio Ponti ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Cliff King ... camera operator
John Burton Jr. ... camera operator: animation (uncredited)
Bill Geddes ... camera grip (uncredited)
Richard H. Kline ... camera operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

Warren Batchelder ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Dale Case ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Corny Cole ... lead graphic designer: main titles (uncredited)
George DeLado ... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
David H. DePatie ... animation producer (uncredited)
Friz Freleng ... animation producer (uncredited)
Manny Gould ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
George Grandpré ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Laverne Harding ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Ken Harris ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Harry Love ... production coordinator: animation (uncredited)
Bob Matz ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Norm McCabe ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Tom O'Loughlin ... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
Manuel Perez ... animator: main titles (uncredited)
Hawley Pratt ... director: animation sequence (uncredited)
Dick Ung ... layout artist: main titles (uncredited)
Don Williams ... animator: main titles (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca ... wardrobe supervisor (as Annalisa Rocca)
Yves Saint-Laurent ... wardrobe: Claudia Cardinale and Capucine (as Yves St. Laurent)
William Ware Theiss ... wardrobe consultant (as William Theiss)

Music Department

Richard Carruth ... music editor
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina ... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Henry Mancini ... conductor (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)

Transportation Department

Eddie Frewin ... transportation chief (uncredited)

Additional Crew

James Lanphier ... dialogue coach
Quinn Donoghue ... Unit Publicist (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo ... production accountant (uncredited)
Hermes Pan ... choreographer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for Switzerland, where the famous Lugashi jewel 'The Pink Panther' is going to be. However, he does not know who The Phantom really is, or for that matter who anyone else really is... Written by Graeme Roy

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Taglines You only live once... so see the Pink Panther twice!!! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La Panthère rose (France)
  • Der rosarote Panther (Germany)
  • La pantera rosa (Spain)
  • La Pantera Rosa (Spain)
  • Ružový Panter (Czechoslovakia, Slovak title)
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  • 115 min
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Trivia An animated Pink Panther was created for the opening credits because writer and director Blake Edwards felt that the credits would benefit from some kind of cartoon character. David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng decided to personify the film's eponymous jewel, and the Pink Panther character was chosen by Edwards from over a hundred alternative panther sketches. The Pink Panther introduced in the opening credits became a popular film and television character in his own right, beginning with the cartoon short The Pink Phink (1964) the following year. See more »
Goofs When Clouseau first opens the door to his room to look into the hall he yanks it open it swings halfway open then slams back into him. A small "stop" block can be seen fastened to the floor where the door can hit it. The block is gone in all other shots. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). See more »
Soundtracks It Had Better Be Tonight See more »
Crazy Credits Although the film's title actually refers to a jewel, the credits are presented in a cartoon sequence featuring a pink panther who interacts with the lettering in various ways -- spinning letters around, unscrambling words, inserting extra credits for himself, and so on. The cartoon panther has subsequently appeared in the same manner in several sequels to this film and eventually his own TV series The Pink Panther Show (1969). See more »
Quotes [At a costume ball, a police sergeant costumed as a zebra drinks from the punch bowl]
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: Any more behaviour like this and I'll have your stripes!
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