The Pink Panther (film)



The Pink Panther film title
The Pink Panther
(1963) film title frame
Title: "The Pink Panther"

Category: Movies

Subcategory: Comedy

Director: Blake Edwards

Screenwriters: Maurice Richlin, Blake Edwards

Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(Richard Henry Sellers)
Portsmouth, Sep. 8, 1925
- London, Jul. 24, 1980
as Inspector
Jacques Clouseau
Starring:
--- David Niven (Sir Charles Lytton)
--- Peter Sellers (Inspector Jacques Clouseau)
--- Robert Wagner (George Lytton)
--- Capucine (Simone Clouseau)
--- Claudia Cardinale (Princess Dala)
--- Brenda De Banzie (Angela Dunning)
--- Colin Gordon (Tucker)
--- John Le Mesurier (Defense attorney)
--- James Lanphier (Saloud)
--- Guy Thomajan (Artoff)
--- Michael Trubshawe (Felix Townes)
--- Riccardo Billi (Aristotle Sarajos)
--- Meri Welles (Monica Fawn)
--- Martin Miller (Pierre Luigi)
--- Fran Jeffries (Ski Lodge singer)

Producer: Mirisch Company

Distributor: United Artists

Released: December 19, 1963 (West Germany) - March 20, 1964 (USA)

Running time: 113 min.

Color: Technicolor - Technirama

Original language: English

Music by: Henry Mancini

Summary plot: A jewel thief plans to steal the Pink Panther, the world’s largest diamond, from Princess Dala of Lugash. Bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau intends to catch the mysterious thief known only as The Phantom.

Interesting facts: Although the film's title actually refers to a diamond, the credits are presented in a cartoon sequence featuring a pink panther who interacts with the lettering in various ways, spinning letters around, unscrambling words, inserting extra credits for himself, and so on. The cartoon panther has subsequently appeared in the same manner in several sequels to this film and eventually his own TV series The Pink Panther Show (1969). The film was shot in Cortina d'Ampezzo and Rome (Italy), Paris (France) and Los Angeles (USA). The subsequent films in the series are (year, director, Clouseau actor):
--- A Shot in the Dark (1964, Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers)
--- Inspector Clouseau (1968, Bud Yorkin, Alan Arkin)
--- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975, Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers)
--- The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976, Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers)
--- Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978, Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers)
--- Trail of the Pink Panther (1982, Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers/Stand-ins)
--- Curse of the Pink Panther (1983, Blake Edwards, Roger Moore)
--- Son of the Pink Panther (1993, Blake Edwards, Roberto Benigni)
--- The Pink Panther (2006, Shawn Levy, Steve Martin)
--- The Pink Panther 2 (2009, Harald Zwart, Steve Martin)
--- ...

Quote (Clouseau): «Simone! Where is my Surété-Scotland-Yard-type mackintosh?»

Property: © Mirisch Company, © United Artists


The Pink Panther poster
The Pink Panther (1963), theatrical poster by Jack Rickard

Claudia Cardinale and David Niven
Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale) and Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven)
Peter Sellers and Capucine
Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) and his wife Simone (Capucine)

The Pink Panther original trailer