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Peter Sellers returns as the world's most accident-prone detective in the second film of Blake Edwards' Pink Panther series. When Maria Gambrelli (Elke Sommer), a parlormaid in the employ of Parisian plutocrat Benjamin Ballon (George Sanders), is accused of murdering her lover, Clouseau is assigned to the case. The bumbling detective insists on the young beauty's innocence--much to the dismay of Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom)--despite significant evidence to the contrary. Even after Maria is caught red-handed (holding bloody shears, to be precise) near the body of a murdered gardener, Clouseau remains intent on her innocence, and continues to free her from prison time and time again. When the corpse of the Ballons' former maid, Dudu (Ann Lynn), turns up, all evidence leads to Maria's involvement, but not, of course, in the eyes of the wily Clouseau. Clouseau takes care to thoroughly investigate every angle of the case (even if it does require a stakeout at a nudist colony) to nab the real killer....
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CastHerbert Lom
DirectorBlake Edwards
Release Date:  1964
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  MGM Home Entertainment (March 23, 1999)
Runtime:  1hr 41min
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review by . February 07, 2009
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Pros: Sellers taking Clouseau with so much dignity     Cons: Cato scenes are pointless; Aishwarya Rai is not in it     The Bottom Line: A Shot in the Dark doesn't have the Pink Panther theme song. Just warning you.     There is one big, primary difference between the way Steve Martin plays Inspector Jacques Clouseau and the way Peter Sellers plays him: Dignity. Martin plays Clouseau as a bumbling fool whom you honestly wonder how he makes …
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