The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

DVD - 1999
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Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 1999, c1963.
ISBN: 9780792841203
Characteristics: 1 video disc (115 min.) sd., col., digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 05, 2018

Well... as a HUGE fan of the Peter Sellers pps... I must say, I very much enjoyed this and have now seen it three or four times. Delightful - actually, I think I liked the second one even better - great plot situations, etc. So much fun - can't wait for a third. If anyone knows Steve Martin, give him a prodding!

Nov 08, 2014

I love Steve Martin and have long considered him one of the funniest men on the planet. But I have zero interest in his remake of this movie. The very thought of someone other than Peter Sellers portraying Inspector Jacques Clouseau, one of the most inspired movie characters since Chaplin's The Little Tramp, is unthinkable. (And I say this having chuckled at Alan Arkin's antic characterization in the 1968 Bud Yorkin comedy "Inspector Clouseau.")

But see, Peter Sellers IS Clouseau. It's his signature role and that's truly saying something when we're talking about a career that spans BBC radio's "The Goon Show" to Boulting Brothers independent gems like "I'm All Right, Jack" and "Heavens Above," to the dark brilliance of "Dr. Strangelove" to the inspired silliness of "The World of Henry Orient," "The Wrong Box," "What's New Pussycat," "The Party," and on to the poignant "Being There," his last, and perhaps greatest, comedy performance.

The genius of Sellers's performance is that he gives Inspector Jacque Clouseau a manically bumbling ineptitude combined with an insufferable conceit and self-righteousness yet somehow makes him lovable. Clouseau really does take his police work seriously and somehow, usually despite himself, succeeds--although the outcome is less certain in "The Pink Panther."

Peter Sellers was one of the most accomplished of "physical" comedy actors, and a big part of Clouseau's charm is his childlike clumsiness. In the course of the story the hapless detective gets his hand caught in a spinning table globe, burns it on a fireplace, then gets it stuck in a beer mug. He inadvertently stomps on his beloved violin while simply trying to get into bed; attempts to ease his wife's coughing fit by accidentally slamming her face down on a bar counter; and trips--on and over everything, including an ambulance gurney carrying an injured aristocrat, Sir Charles Lytton.

The sure hand of director Blake Edwards-- who also gave us "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Victor-Victoria," "The Great Race" and "10" as well as directing Sellers in a very funny Clouseau "prequel," "A Shot in the Dark"-- guides this 1964 classic.
There is a truly wonderful bossa nova score by the great film composer Henry Mancini, including the catchy musical number "Meglio Stesara" ("It Had Better Be Tonight") performed by a delightfully sultry Fran Jeffries. (The music is so evocative it's almost another character.)

Another of the film's delights is a funny and very influential opening credits sequence that features a cartoon pink panther. The silent pink panther character was used in subsequent Clouseau sequels and even got his own long-running Saturday morning TV series that also featured a cartoon version of Clouseau.

If you've never seen this original "Pink Panther" movie do so immediately; it's a treat for any fan of comedy that offers not just zany slapstick but elegant wit as embodied by co-stars David Niven (as the debonair Sir Charles Lytton), French model-actress Capucine (as Clouseau's adored, duplicitous wife, Simone), Claudia Cardinale (as the beauteous Princess Nala), and a young, wise-cracking and very handsome Robert Wagner (a few years before his television stardom in "It Takes a Thief" and on to "Hart to Hart"), do so as soon as possible. You're in for a treat.

Trivia Note: British film legend David Niven, who found major stardom in the American film industry during the Classic Era ("Wuthering Heights," "The Bishop's Wife," "Around the World in Eighty Days," "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," "The Guns of Navarone," and the Bond spoof "Casino Royale" among many others) and played Sir Charles Lytton, was originally conceived as the star of "The Pink Panther" but gracefully resigned himself to co-star status as he watched the gifted Peter Sellers steal every single scene he was in. A wise man, David Niven.

d2013 Sep 17, 2014

Great humor and fun watch!

Apr 17, 2014

Yes, the humour is silly, but I just can't get enough of this film. If you are feeling down, this will lift you up.
Steve Martin is especially hilarious in this playing "Clouseau". Really fun film!

Dec 26, 2012

I highly recommend this comedy. A wonderful classic Blake Edwards movie! Very funny slapstick humor and quite sophisticated. The costumes by Yves St. Laurent are beautiful. The ensemble acting is great. Peter Sellers IS Clouseau! It's nice to see a movie that doesn't "try" to be funny by resorting to vulgarity, humiliation, or insults. It's much better than the remakes starring Steve Martin.

Jan 18, 2012

I guess you had to be there? I failed to find this either funny or engaging. Mostly is looked like something that was probably cool in 1965, but which hasn't gaed well.


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