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The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

Inspector Clouseau is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue.

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Blake Edwards

Writers:

Frank Waldman (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Christopher Plummer ... Sir Charles Litton
Catherine Schell ... Lady Claudine Litton
Herbert Lom ... Chief Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Peter Arne ... Colonel Sharki
Peter Jeffrey ... General Wadafi
Grégoire Aslan ... Chief of Lugash Police (as Gregoire Aslan)
David Lodge ... Mac
Graham Stark ... Pepi
Eric Pohlmann ... Fat Man
André Maranne André Maranne ... Sgt. François Chevalier
Burt Kwouk ... Cato Fong
Victor Spinetti ... Hotel Concierge
John Bluthal ... Blind Beggar
Mike Grady ... Bell Boy
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Storyline

That famous jewel, The Pink Panther, has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources - himself and his oriental manservant - to reveal the true identity of 'The Phantom'. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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You may rest assured that there's trouble, because Inspector Clouseau is on the case. (That's the trouble.) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El regreso de la pantera rosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,833,347
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of Catherine Schell's (Lady Litton) laughter is genuine. Peter Sellers made her laugh so hard once the camera was rolling she had a real problem keeping a straight face in many of her scenes with him. This resulted in Blake Edwards giving up on trying to get her to react like she was supposed to in the script. See more »

Goofs

When Clouseau looks for Cato in the apartment, just before Cato attacks him, you can see a hanging coat moving. One of the crew must have touched the coat while following Clouseau. See more »

Quotes

Col. Sharky: Forgive me, Madam, but you see before you a very disillusioned man.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the straightjacket-bound Dreyfus is shown watching and commenting on the words, particularly when Peter Sellers' credit comes up as "Clouseau." Dreyfus also writes "The End" on the wall of his padded cell with his feet. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC for a 'U' certificate to remove Sir Charles's audible use of the word 'shit' (though he can still be seen to mouth the word). Despite later releases being upgraded to a PG they all feature the original edited print. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Ride of the Valkyries
(from The Valkyries) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Wagner
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Another "Pink Panther" Gem
8 August 2004 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

"The Return of the Pink Panther" is the fourth movie in the "Pink Panther" franchise, marking Peter Sellers' return to what must be his signature role, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Previously, Alan Arkin had stepped into his shoes for one movie, apparently with bad results. In "Return," the fabled Pink Panther diamond is again stolen, with the Phantom's calling card monogrammed glove left as a clue. Clouseau goes back on the case, as does Sir Charles Lytton (Christopher Plummer, taking over for David Niven), the former Phantom himself. Anyway, this movie shows the progress of the "Panther" franchise, when the crazy characters and Clouseau's wacky mannerisms start to really show. Sellers brings slapstick to a fever pitch, making a shambles of everything in his path, not to mention the sanity of his superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, played by Herbert Lom. There are lots of funny scenes, including the one in which Clouseau is distracted from a bank robbery by a "blind" accordionist and his chimpanzee "minkey." It's definitely one of the better chapters in the "Pink Panther" saga.


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