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Day 069: A Shot in the Dark

A series of murders mean the Surété have only one man they can turn to.
Once again the celebrated Inspector Clouseau is on the case!
The one person that seems to link all the murders and should be Inspector Clouseau’s (Peter Sellers) prime suspect is the gorgeous Maria (Elke Sommer).
But the bumbling detective is completely smitten with the young woman.
As the list of suspects slowly reduces (as they are themselves slain) it soon becomes apparent that the Inspector’s own life is being threatened, but who is the mysterious assailant?

The introduction of Kato (Burt Kwouk) into the first true lead by Inspector Clouseau adds a wonderful edge and allows a ridiculous level of slapstick to the entire movie. With Chief Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) manically assaulting the bumbling buffoon at every turn, the movie has an excellent pace as one interaction can take over from the last. Peter Seller‘s holds the centre of the movie and the rest of the cast simply rotate around him.

Things to look out for: Kato’s relationship with him boss, Clouseau’s insistance that Maria is innocent, maniacal attempts to kill Clouseau are hysterical – literally, cigar cutter, letter opener, who is the family murderer?, final “poirot” style reveal
Released: 1964
Certificate: PG
Cast: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, George Sanders
Rating: very funny slapstick, very highly recommended
Part of the Pink Panther collection

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