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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's Sellers the Sleuth... and there's nothing he won't do to track down a body -- dead or alive! See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 January 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Schuß im Dunkeln 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Maria Gambrelli was originally given to Sophia Loren, but she became ill and couldn't do it. The next choice was Austrian actress Romy Schneider, but she had a prior commitment. See more »

Goofs

The Japanese name Kato is pronounced throughout as Kayto rather than the correct Kahto. This error is copied from the Green Hornet radio and film-serial series which is being spoofed. 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?
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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

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Soundtracks

Shadows of Paris
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Performed by Fran Jeffries
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Fine and entertaining sequel with Sellers-Clouseau investigating a murder at a country house
15 April 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Hilarious Peter Sellers vehicle in which he causes a lot of disasters . Superb and overblown comedy with Peter Sellers in sparkling form as one man show in which plays the famous Inspector Clouseau making life intolerable for all and causes wreak considerable havoc at a luxurious mansion , a nudist camp and of course on the boss Inspector Dreyfus who goes nutty . As murder follows murder, gorgeous Maria (Elke Sommer) is the obvious suspect ; bumbler Inspector Clouseau drives his chief (Herbert Lom) mad by seeing her as plainly innocent . Very funny comedy from the team responsible for the Inspector Clouseau series , as stars Peter Sellers , musician Henry Mancini , producer Walter Mirish and director Blake Edwards .

This release is an enjoyable comedy starred by the great Peter Sellers as the inept and bungling Jacques Clouseau , role who became a world-wide institution . It is the second part of Closeau series and an agreeable film by the duo Blake Edwards/Peter Sellers , the latter as the inept Inspector of the French Surete . Pacing of visual film is well-developed including a magnificent opening and ending cartoon titles , as the director with his knowledge of the mechanics of cinema gets entertainment and amusement . Several chuckles and gags , and sight jokes abound , the result of which is one of the funniest Blake Edwards's Clouseau films . The movie gets entertained and hilarious moments here and there , with some side-splitting situations . This slapstick contains funny scenes , never slowdown and laughters come quickly . Top-notch Peter Sellers who is an absolute walking disaster , as botcher Inspector , everything he touches turns to ashes . It appears notorious secondaries as George Sanders , Tracy Reed , Martin Benson , Douglas Wilmer and the usuals , Andre Maranne , Graham Stark and Burt Kwouk as the Karateka man . Lively and atmospheric music by habitual Henry Mancini .

Originally based upon the stage play by Harry Kurnitz and rightly adapted by screenwriter Exorcist's William Peter Blatty . Well produced by the ordinary , Walter Mirish , including lush costumes by the prestigious Margaret Furse . Colorful and glamorous cinematography by Christopher Challis . The film is magnificently penned and directed , as always , by Blake Edwards . Blake is a classic comedy filmmaker and director of his own dialogue , there's no doubt he knows what he's about . His stories are amusing and well-realized though uneven , but thanks to Sellers many movies stand out . He had successes with ¨Pink Panther¨ series who became him a world-wide celebrity as ¨A shot in dark¨ , ¨Return of pink panther , ¨Revenge of pink panther¨ , ¨Curse of Pink Panther¨ , ¨Pink Panther strikes again¨ , ¨Trail of Pink Panther¨ , ¨Son of Pink Panther¨ , among others . Since then , there have been many more hit-and-miss comedies , some wildly unsuitable vehicles for his second wife Julie Andrews as ¨The Tamarind seed¨ , ¨Darling Lili¨, ¨SOB¨ , ¨10¨ , ¨That's life¨ . His greatest hits were ¨The party¨ , the Tranvestite comedy ¨Victor/Victoria¨ and of course the joyously ¨Breakfast at Tiffany's ¨. The flick will appeal to Peter Sellers fans . This is arguably one of the Pink Panther's best . This consistently fun comedy titled ¨A shot in the dark¨ deserves 'Two thumbs up' .


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