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A Shot in the Dark ()


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

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Jacques Clouseau
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Maria Gambrelli
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Benjamin Ballon
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Charles Dreyfus
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Dominique Ballon
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Hercule LaJoy
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Simone
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Madame LaFarge
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Pierre
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Dudu
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Georges
André Maranne ...
Francois
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Maurice
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Cato
Reginald Beckwith ...
Receptionist at nudist camp
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Henri LaFarge
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Camp Attendant (as Turk Thrust)
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Game Warden (as André Charise)
Howard Greene ...
Gendarme
John Herrington ...
The Doctor
Jack Melford ...
The Psycho-Analyst
Victor Baring ...
Taxi Driver
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Gendarme
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Kazak Dancer
Hurtado de Córdoba ...
Flamenco Dancers & Guitarist (as Hurtado De Cordoba Ballet)
Fred Hugh ...
Balding Customer
Rose Hill ...
Soprano
Tahitian Dance Group ...
Tahitian Dance Group
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Woman looking in Elke Sommer's car (uncredited)
Fred Davis ...
Kazak Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Mabel Etherington ...
Kazak Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Peter Evans ...
Coroner (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
Kazak Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ...
Man (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ...
Man (uncredited)
Charles Price ...
Kazak Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Pat Ryan ...
Kazak Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Arnold Schulkes ...
Nudist (uncredited)
Jeff Silk ...
Kazak Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Pearl Walters ...
Amused Pedestrian / Flamenco Audience (uncredited)

Directed by

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Blake Edwards

Written by

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Blake Edwards ... (screenplay) and
William Peter Blatty ... (screenplay)
 
Harry Kurnitz ... (based upon the stage play by)
 
Marcel Achard ... (from the play 'L'idiote')

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Blake Edwards ... producer
Cecil F. Ford ... associate producer
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Henry Mancini

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Christopher Challis ... director of photography

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Bert Bates
Ralph E. Winters

Editorial Department

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Peter Elliott ... assistant editor (uncredited) / first assistant editor (uncredited)
Martyn K.E. Green ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Michael Stringer

Costume Design by

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Margaret Furse

Production Management

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Denis Johnson ... production manager

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Derek Cracknell ... assistant director
Terence Churcher ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Denis Johnson Jr. ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Charles Bishop ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Norman Dorme ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Denise Exshaw ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington ... draughtsman (uncredited)

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John Bramall ... sound recordist
Teddy Mason ... sound editor
J.B. Smith ... sound recordist
Timothy Gee ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Geoffrey Kidd ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Austin Dempster ... camera operator
Mike Drew ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Dennis Fraser ... grip (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt ... still photographer (uncredited)
John Jordan ... focus puller (uncredited)
Skeets Kelly ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Animation Department

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George Dunning ... animation director (uncredited)

Music Department

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Henry Mancini ... conductor
Douglas Gamley ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone soloist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Eddie Frewin ... transportation chief (uncredited)

Other crew

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Leland Hayward ... stage producer
Constance Willis ... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Maurice Landsberger ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Golda Offenheim ... production secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Quand l'inspecteur s'emmêle (France)
  • Ein Schuß im Dunkeln (Germany)
  • El nuevo caso del inspector Clouseau (Spain)
  • Пострiл у темрявi (Ukraine)
  • Quand l'inspecteur s'emmêle (Canada, French title)
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  • 102 min
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Trivia According to Blake Edwards in the DVD boxed set documentary, a week into filming, Peter Sellers disappeared. When he returned, from an apparent holiday, Edwards was ready to kill him until Sellers told him of a peculiar hotel manager he met who had a funny French accent which Sellers was to give to the Clouseau character....Thus was born Clouseau's trademark odd pronunciations such as "beump" for bump and "meuths" for moths. See more »
Goofs When Clouseau answers the door bell and finds a package (a clock with a bomb) you can see clearly that someone has left the keys in the door lock as he opens the door. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Shadows of Paris See more »
Crazy Credits The title sequence is of an animated Inspector Clouseau bumbling around, getting into scrapes. See more »
Quotes Dreyfus: Give me ten men like Clouseau and I could destroy the world.
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