A Shot in the Dark
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A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of Benjamin Ballon (George Sanders). All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid Maria Gambrelli (Elke Sommer). Police inspector Dreyfuss (Herbert Lom) is prepared to make an arrest -- and then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) arrives on the scene. Clouseau may have difficulty getting through the day without falling into ponds, knocking people cold with opened doors, and pocketing flaming cigarette lighters, but his instincts are right on target when he decides that Mme. Gambrelli is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"This isn't quite up to the original, but it has its moments."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It is mad, but the wonderful dexterity and the air of perpetually buttressed dignity with which Mr. Sellers plays his role make what could quickly be monotonous enjoyable to the end."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The original Pink Panther movie, and perhaps even the best. Sellars is, obviously, stellar."
‑ Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine
"Despite the continental suavity, this is a most brutal work, the end of an era as comic classicism is skewered by the jaundiced humor of the new decade"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The perfectly balanced Clouseau flick. Brilliantly funny."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Sometimes the narrative is subordinated to individual bits of business and running gags but Sellers' skill as a comedian again is demonstrated."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The picture is filled with one sight gag after another, many familiar to anyone old enough to remember the glory days of silent comedy."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A great comedy, brilliantly directed by Blake Edwards."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Perhaps the series' most effervescent entry."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"'La genialidad de Sellers es, por mucho, más divertida que cualquier propuesta actual.'"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"First of the Pink Panther sequels, establishing Sellers' incompetent Inspector Clouseau as a viable series character, and prompting Blake Edwards into an unchallenging downhill coast for far too long."
‑ , Time Out
"The second Pink Panther film is a timeless piece of knockabout comic artistry and undoubtedly the best of the series."
‑ , Film4
"Funny Pink Panther sequel. Older tweens+."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The best of the bunch"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"Sellers is on full tilt in this one."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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