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Francois: Do you know what kind of bomb it was?
Inspector Clouseau: The exploding kind.
(From THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN)
Between 1964 and 1978, actor Peter Sellers and
director/writer Blake Edwards collaborated on one of the most phenomenally popular
and beloved film comedy series of all time, creating an international sensation out of
disaster-prone Inspector Clouseau and his partners in crime, including Chief Inspector
Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), Cato (Burt Kwouk) and the fabulous Pink Panther
diamond. Please join us for a special holiday treat featuring all five original Pink
Friday, December 15 - 7:30 PM
THE PINK PANTHER, 1964, MGM
Repertory, 113 min. Director/writer Blake Edwards introduced one of the most
beloved characters in modern cinema - Peter Sellers absolutely clueless
Inspector Jacques Clouseau - with this effervescent, champagne-colored comedy about a
notorious British jewel thief and playboy (David Niven) on a ski holiday with
nephew Robert Wagner, mistress Capucine, exotic princess Claudia
Cardinale and a priceless diamond in tow. With music by the great Henry Mancini.
A SHOT IN THE DARK, 1964,
MGM Repertory, 101 min. Blake Edwards follow-up to THE PINK PANTHER gave both
director and star free reign to unleash a non-stop barrage of pratfalls, sight gags and
linguistic nonsense. Everything seems freshly minted, from Herbert Loms
hysterics as Chief Inspector Dreyfus to Burt Kwouks first appearance as Cato.
What makes Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau so endearing is the resolution of
a thousand years of cross-channel rivalry in the form of a Brit impersonating an
irresistibly clumsy Frenchman. With Elke Sommer, George Sanders.
Saturday, December 16 - 5:00 PM
THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER,
1975, MGM Repertory, 113 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. After a ten year hiatus, Peter
Sellers and Edwards re-teamed for what many consider the flat-out funniest film in the
series. When the famed Pink Panther diamond of Lugash disappears again, Inspector Clouseau
is called in to investigate the supposedly retired jewel thief (wonderfully suave Christopher
Plummer) whos suspected of taking it. Remember the immortal line: "I arrest
you, Sir Charles Phantom, the notorious pink Lytton!" With Catherine Schell,
Saturday, December 16 - 7:30 PM
THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN,
1976, MGM Repertory, 103 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. Clouseau (Peter Sellers)
is promoted to Chief Inspector when his arch-nemesis Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) suffers
a nervous breakdown. But beware: when Dreyfus gets his hands on a Disappearing Ray
Machine, only Clouseau can save the world from destruction (if he doesnt destroy it
REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER,
1978, MGM Repertory, 104 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. Peter Sellers last
completed film as Clouseau shows him in fine form, as hes targeted for assassination
by a drug lord. When news of Clouseaus "death" reaches the insane Chief
Inspector Dreyfus he makes a remarkable recovery - but dont count the indestructible
Clouseau out just yet
! With Dyan Cannon, Burt Kwouk.