United Artists at 90 Short Film Competition
The Pink Panther (1963)
Directed by Blake Edwards
Monday 03 March 2008
As a child, Princess Dala is given, by her father, the largest diamond in the world, in which if you stare into it can be seen a "Pink Panther" hence the name. However, now as a young woman, rebels in her home country have seized power and are demanding the return of the jewel. Dala relaxes on holiday in an exclusive skiing resort but noted British playboy, Sir Charles Lytton is in town. He is secretly "The Phantom" - infamous jewel thief who has eyes on the Pink Panther. Charles's playboy nephew George follows to the resort in an attempt to steal it and blame it on "The Phantom", not knowing that it's his uncle. On the Phantom's trail is Inspector Jacques Clouseau, from France, and his wife who, unknowingly to Jacques, is the lover of Charles and helper in the Phantom's crime. Jacques tries to stop the attempts but he is so clueless that when several attempts are made at a fantasy-dress party, Jacques looks everywhere but the right place...
David Niven - Sir Charles Lytton
Peter Sellers - Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Robert Wagner - George Lytton
Capucine - Simone Clouseau
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 - Greek cousin
Claudia Cardinale - Princess Dala
- The role of Inspector Clouseau was originally offered to Peter Ustinov. Despite being relatively unknown internationally, Peter Sellers was offered the part, and was paid 90,000 pounds.
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