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A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), William Peter Blatty (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer ... Maria Gambrelli
George Sanders ... Benjamin Ballon
Herbert Lom ... Charles Dreyfus
Tracy Reed ... Dominique Ballon
Graham Stark ... Hercule LaJoy
Moira Redmond ... Simone
Vanda Godsell ... Madame LaFarge
Maurice Kaufmann ... Pierre
Ann Lynn ... Dudu
David Lodge ... Georges
André Maranne André Maranne ... Francois
Martin Benson ... Maurice
Burt Kwouk ... Cato
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Receptionist at nudist camp
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Storyline

Ballon household: Benjamin Ballon and his wife Madame Ballon, Henri Lafarge the head Butler and his wife Madame Lafarge the Cook, Miguel Ostos the Head Chauffeur, Maria Gambrelli the third maid, Pierre the second Chauffeur and his wife Dudo the head Maid, Georges the Gardener and his wife Simone the second Maid, Maurice the second Butler. Affairs: Monsieur Ballon and Maria, Maria and Miguel, Henri and Dudo, Madame Ballon and Henri, Pierre and Simone. Who killed who: Madame Ballon accidentally shot Miguel because she suspected her husband of having an affair with Maria and wanted to kill him. Madame LaFarge killed Georges because he threatened to break up with her. Simone killed Dudo to eliminate her because she was in the way of her affair with Pierre. Monsieur Ballon killed Henri because he was having an affair with his wife. Blackmailers: Georges blackmailing Monsieur Ballon (Seen leaving Maria's room). Maurice blackmailing Madame Ballon. (Seen leaving Maria's room). Written by Bert Weissensee

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 January 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Un disparo en la sombra See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,368,234

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,620,737, 31 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Pink Panther got his own cartoon from the The Pink Panther (1963) title sequence, while this film got the Inspector his own cartoon series (with the Henry Mancini theme in this film becoming the theme track for his cartoon too). See more »

Goofs

During the first assassination attempt at the flamenco restaurant, the bullet shatters both Clouseau & Maria's glass and passes on to the guy sitting next to them. If you watch the scene in slow motion, Clouseau's glass breaks a fraction of a second earlier than Maria's. It should be the other way around if the bullet is coming from the right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dreyfus: [answers phone] Commissioner Dreyfus... Ah, yes, my darling... I was just about to call you. I'm on my way. I've got the cheese and the beaujolais... What?
[laughs]
Dreyfus: ... My love. Kiss the children for me, hmm?
[intercom buzzes]
Dreyfus: Hold on.
[covers phone mouthpiece; answers intercom]
Dreyfus: Yes?
intercom: Your wife is on the other line.
Dreyfus: Tell her I'm out of town.
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Crazy Credits

The title sequence is of an animated Inspector Clouseau bumbling around, getting into scrapes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.202 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Shadows of Paris
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Performed by Fran Jeffries
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Lesser known, but this is the best Pink Panther film
3 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

A fast paced comedy/mystery less about who-dun-it than how many corpses can they fit in the movie?! The Inspector Clousseau character returns and Sellars is to be credited with creating a characterization that seems just believable enough to be ridiculous.

Some very funny moments of physical and verbal humor. Sommer is mostly window dressing in this role, forced to play straight-gal to Sellars' sometimes manic "clumsiness". Lom makes his first series appearance (with hilarious facial tics) as the head cop. The best film in the series.

Very memorable opening sequence set to Mancini's excellent theme song is one of the film's many highlights.


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