The Pink Panther (1963)


(out of 5)

Henry Mancini’s cool-as-ice jazz score is just the beginning of enjoying this witty comedy, the first to feature the antics of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. is a scream as Clouseau, a French detective who is visiting a posh Swiss resort with his gorgeous wife () on the trail of a stolen diamond known as the Pink Panther. Complicating the matter is a romance between the Princess () suspected of having the diamond in her possession, and the possibility of a master thief who has arrived to take it from her.  is also a riot as an aristocrat who has a shy romance with the Princess, while  plays his nephew who has his sights on all the ladies he can get his hands on. Hilariously enough, this film is such a great big party that it constantly forgets to stay on target; the acquisition of the diamond seems to be more incidental than anything else, but the endless amounts of sight gags and funky shindigs (because what Blake Edwards film doesn’t have a classic party scene?) make this an asset rather than a liability. The performances are all delightful, none more sparkling than the adorable and ever so beautiful Cardinale.

United Kingdom/USA, 1963

Directed by

Screenplay by Blake Edwards,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Music Score–substantially original) (Henry Mancini)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Peter Sellers)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Comedy

British Academy Award Nomination
Best British Actor (Peter Sellers)



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