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A Shot in the Dark
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Blake Edwards's Inspector Clouseau films really took their complete shape with this second movie in the series, which features star Peter Sellers really tweaking that French accent and key supporting players Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk, and Andr¨¦ Maranne (all getting on board for the first time). The story finds Sellers refusing to believe in the guilt of a beautiful woman (Elke Sommer) accused of murder, and there are a number of hilarious sequences, including one in which Clouseau goes "undercover" at a nudist colony. Arguably the best of the films, A Shot in the Dark definitely finds Edwards honing a seamless blend of slapstick, brilliant timing, verbal wit, a great cast, and Sellers's brilliance into a unique experience. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • The BEST of the Pink Panther Series!
    I love the Pink Panther series, yet somehow I didn't see this particular title until recently, and with good reason; technically, it's not a Pink Panther movie... Which basically means it doesn't have the Pink Panther cartoons or theme music in the titles. Everything else is here: Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards, Herbert Lom, Henry Mancini's music (but not the Pink Panther Theme), etc.

    Don't miss this one. It's truly the best in the series....more info

  • Sellers is Genious
    This was probably the only Panther movie i'd never seen before. Not the best, but still good. Sellers is at his rocks when he takes the charactor to the ridiculous Nth degree. As this was the first film in the series he seems to be feeling out the charactor. Also, the writing is not as tight as the later movies in the series. All in all it was worth the watch. As a fan of Sellers' work it this is a must have if for no other reason than it's place in history....more info
  • Life(')s Rich Pageant
    Yes, a line from this film inspired the title of an REM album....

    I love all of Peter Seller's performances as Inspector Clouseau. I grew up watching "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" (my favorite of the series back when I was a tween/teen) and "The Revenge of the Pink Panther." Later I dug up and watched the early films from the series and learned just how talented Peter Sellers was. The earlier films ("The Pink Panther", "A Shot in the Dark" and "The Return of the Pink Panther") have less slapstick humor and more physical humor. Although "The Pink Panther" is better, classier and funnier film, "A Shot in the Dark" has some unforgettable moments: The Nudist Colony; the assassin leaving a trail of (mistakenly killed) bodies as he follows Maria & Clouseau from nightclub to nightclub; Dreyfus' signature line: "Give me ten men like Clouseau and I could destroy the world" and, running through it all, Clouseau's blind yet unerring belief in Maria's innocence (in *spite* of the ever increasing trail of bodies that follows in her wake).

    For a truly great film with a stellar cast try 1964's "The Pink Panther"... the best PP of all (basically "The Thinking Man's Panther"). "A Shot in the Dark" shows that the PP series can be funny without crude humor. "Revenge of the Pink Panther" is an overlooked gem (and my second favorite... or tied with second with SitD). Latter PP films are great mindless films, but lack the class and style of the first three. But after all, like Clouseau falling in the pond, they are all part of "Life's Rich Pageant" 8-) ...more info
  • Funny
    The best showcase we have for the genius that was Peter Sellers. It's near impossible for one person to sustain the level of comic ingenuity Sellers achieves here for a whole movie....more info
  • THE BEST OF THE PINK PANTHERS!!
    THIS MOVIE IS THE VERY BEST OF THE WHOLE SERIES. IT HAS MANY GREAT LINES AND SLAPSTICK COMEDY.THIS IS HOW I WOULD RATE THE REST.
    1. THE PINK PANTHER- GOOD MOVIE PROBABLY 31/2 STARS BUT SELLERS ISNT IN IT AS MUCH AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IT IS A LITTLE TOO SERIOUS IN PLACES.
    2. A SHOT IN THE DARK- THE BEST. HILARIOUS.
    3. RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER- 2ND BEST. VERY FUNNY.
    4. PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN- THIS ONE IS PRETTY FUNNY BUT A LITTLE CORNY WITH A SUPERLASER KIND OF DEAL.
    5.REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER-THE FINAL TRUE MOVIE WITH SELLERS. AND IT IS A GOOD ONE.
    6. TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER- BAD MOVIE BUT.... I SORT OF ENJOYED IT BECAUSE IT SUMS THINGS UP A BIT IT PROBABLLY DOESNT GET QUITE AS BAD AS A RAP THAT IT DESERVES.
    7.CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER -THIS MOVIE IS NOT A BUNCH OF OUTTAKES LIKE THE PREVIOUS ONE. IT HAS AN AMERICAN DETECTIVE SEARCHING FOR THE INSPECTOR. NOT TERRIBLE BUT WAY BETTER THAN THE TRAIL AND THE SON OF THE PINK PANTHER.
    8.THE SON OF THE PINK PANTHER- THIS MOVIE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE RELATED TO THE ORIGINALS. THE WORST. BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIKE THIS ONE. IM NOT ONE OF THEM. SO TO SUM IT ALL UP, THIS IS THE ORDER FROM BEST TO WORST-SHOT IN THE DARK,RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER, PINK PANTHER, REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER,PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN, CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER, TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER, AND FINALLY SON OF THE PINK PANTHER....more info
  • My Panther
    We( Most of the Turkish People who were born between 1970 - 1979 ) are the fans of Pink Panther. In early 1980's on Sundays on TV (there was only one TV channel: TRT and it was in black & white) these movies were taking the highest ratings. The serie not only makes me laugh still, but also makes me remember those years. I love all the movies in the serie and Peter Seller's acting. In my opinion, He is one of the best comedians and I can not accept a 'Pink Panther' without Peter Sellers. Wish He were with us. I recommend Pink Panther movies to the ones who loves laughing. Thanks to the creators of the panther......more info
  • A Comedy Masterpiece,The Best Of The Series
    There have been numerous Pink Panther films,but this is far and away,the best.If you've never seen A"Pink Panther"film,or A Peter Sellers movie,this is the one to see.This time Clouseau is sent to investigate A murder,at an infamous millionaire businessman's[George Sanders]house.The Prime Suspect,the lovely maid Maria Gambrelli(played by the gorgeous Elke Summer).Clouseau becomes smitten with Maria,and believes her innocence,even as the body count rises(and everythings pointing to Her).This movie has so many humorous scenes;the classic karate battles with Clouseau's Valet(Kato[Burt Kwouk]),The hilarious interragation scene(where Clouseau catches his coat on fire, drinks ink from A pen,and falls out the window),The infamous Nudist colony scene(That Must Be viewed,To Be Believed),And Clouseau driving his Superior(Cheif Inspector Dreyfus[Herbert Lom])completely insane.5 stars,A Must See Comedy Classic.Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards at their very best....more info
  • Possibly the greatest Comedy Film of all time.
    Well what can you say about this film and its star Peter Sellers exept BRILLIANT!Peter Sellers was i think the greatest comedian ever and will never be bettered.Every scene in this film is superb, the comic timing is priceless.I have seen this over 150 times in the last twenty years orso and it just gets better the more you watch it.The other film that compares is the party which is so funny it cheers you up no end.Dont hesitate to buy these you will consider them like me to be the best films ever.
    God Bless Mr Sellers you are irreplaceable....more info
  • The Funniest Pink Panther
    Generally regarded as the best in the Pink Panther series, A Shot in the Dark is a non-stop showcase of Peter Sellers' (purposely) ridiculous French accent and hilarious sight gags, and was directed by the talented Blake Edwards. If you like it, the next best Pink Panther, which is even sillier, is the fourth (or possibly fifth?) --- The Pink Panther Strikes Again....more info
  • WHAT MAKES YOU THINK SHE KILLED HIM?
    Well, she did have the gun in her hand, she said she did it, she hated him, she wants "off the hook",.... Inspector Clouseau says she's a liar. The good Inspector thinks she's making it all up. So he goes undercover at a nudist colony to "learn the truth". Do you realize how hard it is to disguise yourself at a nudist colony? One belly-laughing joke after another. The HOUSE gives it 4 stars instead of 5, only because some of the "slow burn" sequences are, well, a little too slow....more info
  • Just perfect
    Many folks here have said it very well- this is a perfectly wonderful movie with fabulous performances all around, especially from the divine Peter Sellers. But let me add that it is also a wonderful treat for those who love the stylish big budget films of the mid-sixties. Sleek and glamourous as well as hysterical....more info
  • Great follow-up from the first!
    "A Shot In The Dark" finds Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau on the case of a murder at the Chateau. Maria Gambrelli (Elke Sommer), a resider, is accused. Clouseau has fallen in love with her and is willing to free her of any charge by watching her every move and masquerading, which finds him going to the police station 4 times in a repeated paddy wagon sequence which is absolutely the cream of it all. Streaking through a nudist colony is another great sequence that is a quite a shocker on film. When the climax is about to occur, Clouseau questions a group of bickering people who've comitted dirty sinful deeds, plus Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is out to eliminate Clouseau. He did, of course, fail to do so. The outcome is surprising. You'll have to see for yourself. It's not better than "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" as it is called by many the best. It comes close, though. This is the only Pink Panther movie that does not have the Pink Panther in the title and the theme song in the movie, but is definetly worth seeing. There's no question about it. You'll laugh so hard you'll fall. Don't fall to hard, otherwise you'll receive a "bemp" on the head!...more info
  • Brilliant
    A chapter in the myriad of Pink Panther films, this film is one of the best crafted and most hillarious in the series. Unlike the other films in the series, this film does not focus as much on the Pink Panther as on The Svejk-like inspector Clouseau himself. Valuable to a fan of the series it takes the time to provide a deeper insight into the character of the infamous and clumsy inspector. Investigating a murder in the house of the multimillionaire leads Clouseau to brilliantly farcical adventure, unexpected romance as he tries to defend his lovely object of affection from false accusations and yet a more unexpected conclusion to his case.
    Clouseau's developed persona and the mishaps attached to it may be the highlight's of the film, but they do not compensate for the 2-dimensionality of the rest of the characters. There is little to the films secondary protagonist, Maria Gambrelli, as her only feature is a magnificent talent to attract bad luck and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yes, having a well-developed character, Clouseau in this case, is very good, but it seems that there should be more Clouseau's in the film.
    So, this dramatic production seems to have spread out a bit too thinly as it tries to focus on Clouseau, the case, and the sparked romance. If the director could perhaps chose a more defined focus, this film could have been improved greatly. Having said that, this film does a far better job in the field of comedy than most modern films that audaciously bear the title of "comedy". Highly recommended...more info
  • Pretty funny, though I'm still not a big Clouseau fan
    I gotta be honest: before watching this movie, I had seen clips of this and one or two other Inspector Clouseau movies on TV, and I've never really found him all that funny. I'd usually wince more often than I'd laugh at his idiotic physical behavior. Now that I've watched A SHOT IN THE DARK, though, I see a perspective of his classic comedy character that I didn't see in those short clips. I still can't say I'm a big fan of Clouseau, but, at the very least, A SHOT IN THE DARK made me laugh pretty heartily at times---more than I expected.

    I dunno...I've just never truly responded to these films' brand of slapstick. Those constant falls and accidents of Clouseau's always seem to irritate me more than amuse me. I know Clouseau is stupid, but did he really need to be THIS stupid? That last sequence at the Ballon household, for instance, seems to go on forever because this cop carelessly keeps stepping on people's toes and falling down from couches and doors, etc etc. It's not funny; it's simply repetitive, and it annoyingly slows down the film at certain points.

    Fortunately, Inspector Clouseau's idiocy isn't totally physical. There are, for instance, a few funny jokes involving Clouseau and his assistant Hercule. Clouseau recites all the facts of a case ("Facts, Hercule, facts!...Without them the science of criminal investigation is nothing more than a guessing game"), asks Hercule what he makes of the facts, and when Hercule responds with the most obvious conclusion to be drawn from them, Clouseau cries out "You idiot! Only an amateur detective would say something like that!" Amusing indeed. That's the kind of satirical humor I responded to most in A SHOT IN THE DARK, and there's enough of it that saves this movie from simply being asinine.

    That, and some genuinely funny sequences: Clouseau's scenes with Cato, his inadvertently going undercover in a nudist colony, and the sequences involving the unlucky assassin. There is a brilliantly filmed sequence in the prologue, leading up to the movie's first murder; and the animated credits (without a pink panther in sight) is always fun to look at. Herbert Lom is also pretty funny as the increasingly crazy Inspector Dreyfus, who is slowly going mad b/c of the mess Clouseau is making of the Ballon case. As for Peter Sellers, he's admittedly very good in the role of the bumbling inspector, but his full comic brilliance can be glimpsed elsewhere (Kubrick's DR. STRANGELOVE, for example).

    All the good elements help make A SHOT IN THE DARK a fairly entertaining, pretty funny time. To me, though, it is not the comedy classic everyone says it is. If you want to see truly funny exploits of an utterly incompetent cop, see Leslie Nielsen in the NAKED GUN movies. You'll laugh a lot longer and harder at Lt. Frank Drebin's brand of comic stupidity than you will at the occasionally irritating Inspector Clouseau here....more info

  • The best Clouseau film gets better on DVD
    Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards are at it again-in top form. This is a murder mystery-comedy that isn't as dated as the original Pink Panther. There are so many scenes that make this film worth renting, and not that its on DVD, and you can slow-mo and rewind quicker, and in widescreen, is all the more better. Not only do you get two viewing modes (P&S, WS), but you also get a very informative 8-page pamphlet, telling about the improvisation of the Africa line during the globe scene, and the synchoronizing watches sequences. There are many running gags, including the clumsy inspector being taken to prison. The music sounds great, and the picture looks solid for a film that age. You also get the trailer, and while it stinks that there aren't deleted scenes of a film of this stature, it probably looks a lot better than the VHS (which I haven't seen). This is a double-sided disc, so it's susceptible to scratces......more info
  • Clouseau is back... be carefull
    It dosn't have to say manny thinks about the Pink Panther movie series, which stars the one and only Peter Sellers as the dumbling Inspector Clouseau. This is better than the first, because this one is the pettern for all the subsequent movies: For first time features Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk and Andre Maranne as Dreyfus, Cato and Francois. But ecxept that, Edwards makes, with the help of the cast (especially Peter Sellers), one of the most perfect comedys (include the first Panther) in the history of cinema. Followed by THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER, ten years later....more info
  • WONDERFUL.
    What can I say...it just makes you happy to be alive....more info
  • The Best Clouseau Film
    After the first Pink Panther film, which was extremely long, rather boring, and silly-humour featured, and besides, Blake Edwards meant to make it a tribute to David Niven, comes A Shot in the Dark, which is hilarious, interesting and well acted by the one and only, Peter Sellers. I attach little importance to the slapstick humour in that film (which is wonderful in its way)- for example when Clouseau falls into the fountain, but to the classic phrases, pronounced in an awkward French accent, such as "she's got a beump" or "Kato, answer the pheune". Highly recommended!...more info
  • A SHOT IN THE DARK
    Blake Edward's halarious comedy A SHOT IN THE DARK saw the return of the bumbling french Inspector Clouseau, played by the brilliant Peter Sellers. Not so much a sequel to the story started in the first one as a character-based continue, this is the funniest film in the series, followed closely by THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN. This one centres around a "who-dunnit" murder mystery, and Closeau is signed to the case. Also invloved in an increasingly-complex plot are Burt Kwouk as Kato and Herbet Lom, who would continue the (Blink, blink) character of Cheif Inspector Dreyfuss throughout the entire series. Watch out for the brilliantly sustained seduction sequence in Clouseau's apartment (complete with a "beumb" and Kato interruptus), the wonderfully ridiculous watch synchronising sequence with Sellers and Graham Stark, and of course, the wit and comedic brilliance of the drawing room finale where Clouseau attempts to flush out the killer only to completely lose the plot when he finds out they all did it. Not only the best in the Pink Panther series, but also one of the most laugh-out-loud funniest films ever made....more info
  • A Shot in the Dark
    Need a few laughs? This is the place to get them. A great flick....more info
  • "I Seem To Have Stabbed Myself With A Letter Opener."
    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.) The physical comedy that Sellers could make totally natural (watch the "spinning globe" scene for an excellent example) is still unrivalled, and the nuanced interplay with other cast members is better than in any other comedy that I can think of (to see what I mean watch the "curved pool cue" scene and the interaction of both Monsieur Ballon and the butler.)

    I highly recommend this film. The DVD print is good, though there are few extras (the original trailer is very amusing and a tad on the weird side.) It is slapstick, but it is very refined slapstick done by the master, Peter Sellers. If only they still made movies like this today. I give it five stars only because Amazon won't allow more!...more info

  • Inspector Clouseau Arrives
    Ignore the cuckold of "The Pink Panther", Inspector Clouseau truly blossoms in this film. Though there is ostensibly a murder to be solved here, it is subordinate to the mayhem, slapstick and general chaos that seems to follow Clouseau. This character ranks as one the greatest comic creations in film history. As a bonus, Inspector Dreyfus(Herbert Lom), Clouseau's long-suffering superior and Cato (Burt Kwouk), Clouseau's manservant are introduced here. There is one amusing set-piece after another in this film. My personal favorites are Clouseau's interrogation of Elke Sommer and Clouseau trying to navigate his way through a nudist colony. If you want to introduce someone to great screen comedy this is as good a starting point as any....more info
  • Great service and a great movie
    As a fan of Peter Sellers, I purchased "A Shot in the Dark", which for any Sellers fan is a must for their collection.

    Amazon provided excellent service and I received the DVD in timely fashion and in perfect condition.

    Interesting timing -- the film was featured on my local PBS station the week I received it as an essential film to see. I couldn't agree more. ...more info
  • Dead? Dudu?
    You've got the best mix of everything with this one. Clouseau is the main character, not Niven; the plot is darkly playful (you could populate a village with all the people that die in this film); you get Kato and Dreyfus; you get that 60's Parisian atmosphere; you get a classic Mancini spy/caper score and a world of great scenes and hilarious dialouge. But...its the way it all COMES TOGETHER. This movie has a confidence to it that's freaky. It's great in an automatic sort of way. Everyone involved must have felt it. For Blake Edwards, the first film most likely served as barometer as to where to go with the next one. That's the great thing about sequels...the filmmakers can say, "Ok, the first one was good, but now that people are familiar with the character(s), let's do THIS.." This is the dessert island PINK PANTHER film....more info
  • A Shot in the Dark -- One of the Funniest Films of All Time
    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!...more info
  • WOW!!!
    Peter Sellers is at his funniest in the (arguably) best of the Pink Panther series. The best is his romp through the nudist camp and when he tries to sleep with Elke Sommer. Shown at it's fullest in widescreen....more info
  • good, but not as slap stick as the others.
    I am not sure why the other reviews refer to this as non-stop slap stick. It has some funny parts, but i would suggest you buy it with the expectation that it is a good movie and not for the slap stick humor....more info