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A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Peter Sellers , Elke Sommer , Blake Edwards  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom, Tracy Reed
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Writers: Blake Edwards, Harry Kurnitz, Marcel Achard, William Peter Blatty
  • Producers: Blake Edwards, Cecil F. Ford, Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4J3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Shot in the Dark" on IMDb

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Get ready for a "riotous" (Boxoffice) adventure as Peter Sellers returns as the hapless Inspector Clouseau in his second Pink Panther film. Introducing Herbert Lom as his long-suffering superior Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk as his mysterious manservant and sparring partner Cato, this frenetic comedy is "a series of laughs from beginning to end, with never a lull to catch your breath" (LA Herald-Examiner)! Assigned to a high-profile murder case, Clouseau finds himself falling (literally) for the prime suspect - a beautiful maid named Maria (Elke Sommer), whose talent for being in the wrong place atthe wrong time almost rivals Clouseau's. But as the body count grows higher, and Maria's criminal record grows longer, Clouseau will have to find the real culprit quickly...or his career will be finit!

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
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Peter Sellers was a comic genius, and nowhere is this more evident than in A Shot in the Dark, the first of the Pink Panther series to exclusively feature Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. It's one case where the sequel is superior to the original! This film can only be described as gaspingly funny. I've seen this move several dozen times, but it still makes me howl with laughter every time I see it. It's amazing to think that Sellers also made The Pink Panther, Dr. Stangelove, and The World of Henry Orient the same year (all titles I would highly recommend as well). The fact that "Shot" is now on DVD in widescreen makes it that much more special. The supporting cast (Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom, George Sanders, and Bert Kwouk, among others) is perfect and provides a perfect ensemble foil to Sellers. The "Camp Sunshine" scene alone makes "Shot" worth seeing. This film is so funny, I can recommend that you purchase it without having seen it first -- it's that good!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the very rare films where the sequel is better than the original. This movie is absolutely a letter perfect comedy: suave yet silly; understated yet over the top; pompous yet reserved. You get the idea. A perfect film. I wouldn't change one thing about this movie, even if I could. Peter Sellers defines the bumbling Clouseau as an individual better here than in the original, and I think the supporting cast is stronger as well. Elke Sommer is perfect as the beautiful, naive murder suspect who Clouseau goes to any ends to defend, while George Sanders is wonderful as the great scoundrel millionaire, Benjamin Ballon. Introduced for the first time in the series are Bert Kwouk as Kato (later spelled 'Cato'), Graham Stark as Clouseau's (extremely) patient assistant, Hercule, and my favorite of all the Panther supporting characters, the great Herbert Lom as Inspector Dreyfus. Watching Lom go through the phases of psychosis in this film is one of the greatest experiences and delights a person can have as a movie viewer. (I particularly like his performance in the closing scene, and when reading the newspaper with trembling hands and twitching eye.)
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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Clouseau Benchmark November 5, 2001
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This is by far the wittiest and amusingly the funniest of all the Inspector Clouseau and Pink Panther films. The last time we saw Inspector Clouseau he was on his way to jail as the convicted notorious "The Phantom" jewel thief at the close of THE PINK PANTHER. Happily he is out and reinstated. Besides the perseverance of Peter Sellers as Clouseau this films introduces the regular members of the series that thrived even after the loss of Sellers. Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus, Burt Kwouk as Kato, Andre Maranne as François and Graham Stark as Hercule Lajoy all acted as a counterpoint to Sellers' Clouseau which greatly bolstered and defined the various and curious qualities of the Inspector. It's interesting how Blake Edwards returned to the original format of THE PINK PANTHER for the rest of the series yet he retained these regular characters introduced here in A SHOT IN THE DARK. The other great contribution to the series is Henry Mancini's score once again present here and in all Pink Panther films directed by Blake Edwards. This is a great movie.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare bones DVD February 2, 2006
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Why the four stars? Well 5 for the movie, about which nothing further needs to be said, surely. But let's knock off a star for this DVD package. There's nothing wrong with the film, looks fine, so far as I can see. But the extras are merely some stills and the trailer, there's not even a paper insert! That's a pity, I would have loved an hour of interviews from those still around (or maybe in the can already). Ah well, it's cheap, but it's like MGM figured this was just an oldy and didn't deserve any special handling. That's an insult for one the best comedies ever made, with every single scene a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shot in the Dark June 27, 2007
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Bearing all the hilarious hallmarks of Edwards's Pink Panther films, this second entry in the popular series finds pratfall artist Sellers tumbling into a pond, warding off nocturnal judo attacks from assistant Kato (Burt Kwouk), and trying to bed the woman literally found holding a smoking gun. Sellers is at his nutty best, the ravishing Sommer is slyly seductive, and Herbert Lom gives his Chief Inspector Dreyfus plenty of agitated gravitas. For a murder mystery heavy on inspired sight gags and goofy punch lines, "A Shot in the Dark" hits the bull's-eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In some ways the best of the Clouseau films January 29, 2005
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In many ways, "A Shot in the Dark" is the first of the Clouseau films. In the original movie Clouseau was simply the bumbling cuckolded detective without a clue while David Niven was the star jewel thief going after the famous diamond, the eponymous Pink Panther. However, in this movie all the elements that make a "Pink Panther" movie take shape.

The elements are: Clouseau is the central focus of the film. His manservant, Kato, is present and their training karate duels provide amazingly funny scenes usually ending with a ridiculous explosion. Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is Clouseau's boss and is insane with his hatred of Clouseau. There are beautiful women who are strangely available to Clouseau much like "Bond Girls". There are plenty of cartoon bombs, ridiculous disguises, and plenty of laughs.

In this film the beautiful woman is Elke Sommer. Sommer is a stunning beauty. Here she is a very affectionate and much too innocent maid in a rich household with many other servants and wealthy owners. One evening, when everyone is in beds other than their own, a man is shot to death. Sommer's character, Maria Gambrelli, is the obviously guilty party and everyone intends to railroad her to jail. Except that Clouseau knows she is innocent. He really hasn't a clue why she is innocent except for some vague intuition. The rest of the movie sets up Clouseau stumbling into more trouble and at the last moment, as in all the films, the guilty party is revealed and Clouseau is the hero who deserves credit for sticking with his hunch, but never having a clue as to why he was right.

In many ways, this is the best of the Clouseau films because all of the later films are derivative of the formula laid down here. Oh, and one other delight in all the films are the various roles that Graham Stark played in each of them. He is fabulous. What a face and what delivery!
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