Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1978. Jewel Productions, Sellers-Edwards productions. Story by Blake Edwards, Screenplay by Blake Edwards, Ron Clark, Frank Waldman. Cinematography by Ernest Day. Produced by Blake Edwards. Music by Henry Mancini. Production Design by Peter Mullins. Costume Design by Tiny Nicholls. Film Editing by Alan Jones.
More hilarity from Blake Edwards and his brilliant star, Peter Sellers. After having been released from a mental hospital with a clean bill of health, Inspector Dreyfus (the always affable Herbert Lom) achieves his lifelong dream: killing Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) in an “accident” of his own design. Trouble is, the body that is found isn’t Clouseau’s, and as soon as our favourite goofy French detective realizes that an assassination was attempted on his life, he goes undercover and maintains his dead status in order to root out the villain. It’s a bit less funny than the last one, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and the plot is weaker, but it’s still miles ahead of most other comedies. Edwards always has a way of making slapstick comedy classy in a way that no one since Chaplin has managed to achieve.