A Shot in the Dark

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Overview

A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of Benjamin Ballon George Sanders. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid Maria Gambrelli Elke Sommer. Police inspector Dreyfuss Herbert Lom is prepared to make an arrest -- and then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau Peter Sellers arrives on the scene. Clouseau may have difficulty getting through the day without falling into ponds, knocking people cold with opened doors, and pocketing flaming cigarette lighters, but ...
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Overview

A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of Benjamin Ballon George Sanders. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid Maria Gambrelli Elke Sommer. Police inspector Dreyfuss Herbert Lom is prepared to make an arrest -- and then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau Peter Sellers arrives on the scene. Clouseau may have difficulty getting through the day without falling into ponds, knocking people cold with opened doors, and pocketing flaming cigarette lighters, but his instincts are right on target when he decides that Mme. Gambrelli is being framed by someone else in the Ballon household. Even as the murder victims pile up, Clouseau is determined to prove Mme. Gambrelli's innocence. As he cuts a bumbling, destructive swath through Paris, Clouseau drives Dreyfuss literally insane. This fact leads to the literally explosive climax, and to the ultimate vindication of Mme. Gambrelli. While we first met Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther, Shot in the Dark is the film that truly established the Clouseau mythos: the festive clumsiness, the convoluted dialogue "You shot him in a rit of fealous jage!", the Fractured French "A beump on zee head!", the twitching lunacy of poor Inspector Dreyfuss, the unexpected "judo lessons" of Clouseau's houseboy Kato Burt Kwouk, and of course the hilariously macabre jokes involving dead or seriously injured bystanders. You'd never know it, but A Shot in the Dark was inspired by a standard three-act stage comedy by Harry Kurnitz, which in turn was adapted from the French play L'Idiote by Marcel Achard.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
A comic masterpiece from beginning till end, A Shot in the Dark is not only the funniest film in the Pink Panther series, but also one of the funniest movies, period! Skillfully imagined by Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards (with help from future horror scribe William Peter Blatty), the Inspector Clouseau character is boosted to the spotlight with this entry, delivering magical timing in endless impeccably dimwitted situations. If Edwards knows one thing, it's how to stage comedy, and his uncanny grasp of slapstick never worked better than here. The story works as a mystery as well, though the film is mainly propelled by its mad pacing and reoccurring gags. Sellers' work is subtle genius and a sad reminder of what his wild characterization of Clouseau was missing later in the series. With inspired supporting roles filled by a twitchy Herbert Lom, charming sex appeal delivered by the ravishing Elke Sommer, and Burt Kwouk making his debut as the deadly manservant Kato, A Shot in the Dark works even when Sellers hasn't been given the punch line. Additionally, Henry Mancini's score is a joy and makes for a playful '60s soundtrack that's as much a character as anyone in the film. Sellers would return in 1974's The Return of the Pink Panther, but only after Alan Arkin had his shot at the role in the dreadful 1968 follow-up Inspector Clouseau.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/1994
  • UPC: 027616144638
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Inspector Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer Maria Gambrelli
Herbert Lom Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus
George Sanders Benjamin Ballon
Tracy Reed Dominique Ballon
Graham Stark Hercule Lajoy
Andre Maranne Francois
Douglas Wilmer Henri LaFarge
Vanda Godsell Mme. Lafarge
Maurice Kaufmann Pierre
Ann Lynn Dudu
David Lodge Georges
Moira Redmond Simone
Martin Benson Maurice
Burt Kwouk Kato
Reginald Beckwith Receptionist at Camp
John Herrington Doctor
Jack Melford Psychoanalyst
Bryan Forbes Turk Thrust
Andre Charisse Game Warden
Howard Greene Gendarme
Victor Baring Taxi Driver
Victor Beaumont Gendarme
Tutte Lemkow Kazak Dancer
Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Bert Bates Editor
William Peter Blatty Screenwriter
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Mancini Score Composer, Songwriter
Michael Stringer Production Designer
Robert Wells Songwriter
Ralph Winters Editor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious

    The one and only really funny Clouseau movie. A Shot in the Dark is the second film featuring the character Inspector Clouseau but the first film in whish he is the main character. Everything here is fresh and funny. All the other sequels are just tired repititions of Clouseau's pratfalls. The whole cast here is good and are really into their characters.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pure Genius.

    Peter Sellers. Blake Edwards. Henry Mancini. You would be hard pressed to find such talent in Hollywood today, let alone put it in one movie. Shot in the Dark is sublimely and outrageously funny. Peter Sellers is Clouseau: Steve Martin you are dead to me. The supporting cast, including the quite fetching Elke Sommer, could act circles around any of todays "A" lister. This is a perfect comedy. As Inspector Dreyfus says "Give me ten men like Clouseau and I could destroy the world."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Peter Sellers at his finest

    Although the first 'Pink Panther' movie was clever and engaging, its sequel, 'A Shot in the Dark', brings the silliness into its fully fleshed-out form, firmly establishing the character of Inspector Jacques Clouseau as one of the most enduring and charismatic in modern comedy. In 'The Pink Panther', Clouseau was almost a supporting character to David Niven's slick playboy/thief, but in this film he is given free reign to take over, and rightly so. It's easy to laugh at a movie when you're with others, but a film has to be REALLY funny in order to elicit belly-laughs when you are viewing it by yourself. Not only are the visual gags hilarious, but the script is brilliant and the word-play is outstanding. Clouseau's response to Elke Sommers' saying, 'You'll catch your death of pneumonia', is one of the best lines I have ever heard, and Sellers' delivery is pure delight. Sellers was a genius, a master of precision and subtlety; in this performance he is in his prime---every facial expression, body gesture, and vocal nuance is perfect. A must for any Sellers fan, and a classic film that, in my opinion, will never cease to entertain.

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