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UA Short Film Competition

A Shot In The Dark (1964)

Directed by Blake Edwards

When rich M. Ballon's Spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria Gambrelli, the maid, to be the murderer. But Clouseau, being attracted to the beautiful girl, is convinced that she is hiding something. So, he has her released from jail and tries to follow her secretly. Things do not work out the way the inspector wanted and people keep being murdered, and each time innocent Maria seems to be the killer. But with someone important wanting Clouseau and nobody else to cover this case, his tolerance-challenged boss Charles Dreyfuss is close to losing his mind when casualties keep turning up. And Clouseau keeps on causing trouble without knowing it...


Blake Edwards


Marcel Achard (play L'Idiot)

Harry Kurnitz (play)

Blake Edwards (screenplay)

William Peter Blatty (screenplay)


Peter Sellers … Insp. Jacques Clouseau

Elke Sommer … Maria Gambrelli

George Sanders … Benjamin Ballon

Herbert Lom … Charles Dreyfus

Tracy Reed … Dominique Ballon

Graham Stark … Hercule LaJoy

Moira Redmond … Simone

Vanda Godsell … Madame LaFarge

Maurice Kaufmann … Pierre

Ann Lynn … Dudu

David Lodge … Georges

André Maranne … Francois

Martin Benson … Maurice

Burt Kwouk … Kato


  • Clouseau's servant is Kato in the cast list of this movie, but Cato in the sequels.