Peter Sellers: A Film History

Peter Sellers: A Film History

by Michael Seth Starr

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Overview

Peter Sellers left behind a rich legacy of film work, some of which is only belatedly recognized for its genius. Especially notable were his numerous crazy accents. Though most widely known as the slapstick Inspector Clouseau of the “Pink Panther” series (from 1964 on), he is recalled by many for such earlier efforts as his triple role in The Mouse That Roared (1959) and his masterly breakthrough to the mainstream American market in I’m All Right, Jack (1959).
This book analyzes each Sellers film from 1951, not least his Oscar-nominated triple-role stint in Dr. Strangelove. He also turned in a brilliant performance as the slyly sinister Clare Quilty in Lolita. Interesting anecdotes, behind-the-scenes information, a detailed plot summary, contemporary criticism and the author’s own analysis are given for each film. Complete filmographies and index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786473892
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Seth Starr has covered television as a reporter and columnist at The New York Post since 1995. The author of several biographies of film and music stars, he has made frequent appearances on television including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Entertainment Tonight and Tavis Smiley.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Prologue vii



Part I: The Road to Stardom (1951–1959)



1. Down Among the Z Men 2

2. The Ladykillers 6

3. The Smallest Show on Earth 11

4. The Naked Truth 16

5. tom thumb 21

6. Up the Creek 25

7. Carlton-Browne of the F.0. 28

8. The Mouse That Roared 32

9. I’m All Right, Jack 37

10. The Battle of the Sexes 42



Part 11: The Best Sellers List (1960–1964)



11. Two-Way Stretch 48

12. Never Let Go 51

13. The Millionairess 56

14. Only Two Can Play 61

15. Waltz of the Toreadors 67

16. Lolita 70

17. The Wrong Am of the Law 78

18. Heavens Above! 83

19. The Pink Panther 88

20. Dr. Strangelove 94

21. The World of Henry Orient 104

22. A Shot in the Dark 108



Part 111: The Lost Decade (1965–1974)



23. What's New, Pussycat? 116

24. The Wrong Box 121

25. After the Fox 125

26. Casino Royale 131

27. The Bobo 137

28. The Party 142

29. I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 147

30. The Magic Christian 154

31. Hojhan 157

32. There’s a Girl in My Soup 161

33. Where Does It Hurt? 166

34. The Blockhouse 170

35. The Optimists of Nine Elms 173

36. Ghost in the Noonday Sun 178



Part IV: A Sellers Market (1975–1980)



37. The Return of the Pink Panther 184

38. Murder by Death 190

39. The Pink Panther Strikes Again 195

40. The Revenge of the Pink Panther 198

41. The Prisoner of Zenda 205

42. Being There 209

43. The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu 217

44. Epilogue 222



Part V: Interview with Blake Edwards 225



Notes 245

Index 255

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