A Shot in the Dark
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The plot concerns Clouseau's infatuation with a wrongly accused murder suspect, and the chaos that develops from that unlikely situation. The film is filled with a degree of nuance seldom seen in a comedy, and is probably the best crafted of all the Panther films (although I have to admit that the way over the top "Pink Panther Strikes Again" is my personal favorite.Read more ›
The film opens with a wonderful little sequence which culminates in a murder at the home of millionaire Benjamin Ballon (George Sanders). Inspector Jacques Clouseau is mistakenly assigned to the case. Though the evidence screams that the Ballon home's maid, Maria Gambrelli (Elke Sommer), is responsible for the murder, Clouseau is captivated by her beauty and refuses to believe it. He sets out to prove Gambrelli's innocence as more and more evidence against her piles up, all the while driving his superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfuss (Herbert Lom), farther and farther up the wall.
A SHOT IN THE DARK is most certainly the finest of the Inspector Clouseau adventures. It is at once a great comedy, a great PINK PANTHER film, and a great mystery. Edwards and Blatty know what to do and when to do it, be it slapstick comedy or plays on Clouseau's thick accent. The identity of the murderer remains completely unknown until the ending - you won't see it coming. The endlessly inventive script comes up with one outrageous scene after another, resulting in one of the most fun and funny "whodunnit"s ever made.
Henry Mancini's music has never been better. His score, including a delightfully shady theme, is magnificent, possibly the finest of his career.Read more ›
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Not Sellers best but, still good fun, and anything today that can make you laugh is worth watching.Published 11 days ago by malcolm spink
A SHOT IN THE DARK is one of those rare sort of comedies, capable of causing actual laughs. As Inspector Jacques Clouseau, Peter Sellers (LOLITA, THE PINK PANTHER, DR. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
Second Ponk Oanter movie that created the franchise. Peter Sellers and Herbet Lom were a great team and so extremely funny!Published 1 month ago by Neal
Soooo funny! Everyone is great. The scenes with the Paddy wagon are priceless.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw this movie a couple of times when it was still relatively new (1965) and as a teenager I thought it was the funniest movies I had ever seen, in spite of its "adult"... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peggy Jefferson