Movies From the Hat IV #28 – Brad’s Pick – A Shot in the Dark (1964)

This is my 2487th Review

Thanks to Brad for this recommendation.

a-shot-in-the-dark-4f887c6ee8d64“Give me ten men like Clouseau and I could destroy the world” – Dreyfus

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Sep 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A bumbling detective is assigned a high profile case where the driver of a wealthy man is murder during the night.

My Take on it – Eventhough I grew up in an era where I knew about this series, I have always associated the term the Pink Panther with the cartoon.

In actuality, I have only seen bits of pieces of the films over the years and saw The Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) in the theater, but really had no context for it all.

I have contemplated watching the films in the series for a while, but never really got around to it.

Thankfully, Brad suggested I watch it so that I can now say that I’ve seen an entire film in the series featuring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.

Sellers is wonderful here as the bumbling detective and I can completely understand how he is so famous and iconic in thsi role.

The physical comedy is superb and you never know what Clouseau will do or how he will get into trouble next; who else can open a door and land in a pond and do it so nonchalantly?

In addition, I loved the way the word play was done here because it can be so much fun based solely on one’s understanding of what is being said and Clouseau is the perfect character for situations like that.

The mystery itself is so-so here but the real point is to see the character of Inspector Clouseau in action.

Can’t wait to see the rest of this series some day soon.

Bottom Line – Sellers is great and funny as Clouseau and it is no surprise that this film helped him continue in the franchise.  The physical comedy and the word play made this fun to watch because you never know what he will say or do or whether it will make much sense for that matter. I probably need to see more of the films in this series just to get a better idea of what everyone is always referring to when discussing this character and the series. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Blake Edwards in the DVD boxed set documentary, a week into filming, Peter Sellers disappeared. When he returned, from an apparent holiday, Edwards was ready to kill him until Sellers told him of a peculiar hotel manager he met who had a funny French accent which Sellers was to give to the Clouseau character….Thus was born Clouseau’s trademark odd pronunciations such as “beump” for bump and “meuths” for moths. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat IV #28 – Brad’s Pick – A Shot in the Dark (1964)

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. The third movie is The Return of the Pink Panther, but due to distribution issues it was left out of the box set. Also, when you go back to watch The Pink Panther it will be a very different experience. The Pink Panther was originally conceived to be about David Niven’s jewel thief but Sellers stole all of his scenes and Edwards realized the potential in the Clouseau character before audiences saw the film and became drawn to him.

    I have not seen The Return of the Pink Panther in a very long time so I cannot speak to how it compares to the others but be forewarned the movies get increasingly goofier as Clouseau becomes more ridiculous. I think they could have benefited from Hurcule’s straight man, but he is left out of the rest. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the others, I do very much, but they are meant to be the good laugh that they are.

    You should watch them with your family.


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