The Pink Panther
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In the first in a series of detective comedies from director Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers as bumbling French Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the mishap-prone snoop is actually a supporting player. David Niven stars as Sir Charles Litton, a suave jewel thief known as "The Phantom." Vacationing in a deluxe Alpine resort, Litton's real purpose is to purloin the Pink Panther, a gem of enormous worth owned by a princess (Claudia Cardinale). On his trail for years, Inspector Clouseau keeps losing his quarry, perhaps because his wife Simone (Capucine) is Litton's lover and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first film of the popular series, in which David Niven (not Peter Sellers) is the nominal lead, introduced Mancini's pouncing score"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is fun to look back and see how Peter Sellers completely stole the film from its bankable star, David Niven."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A good beginning"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Wall-to-wall exposition courtesy of talking tuxedoes"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"The first in the series -- and strangely enough -- the least amusing."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Funny and entertaining after all these years."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"All the ingredients for a great evening at the movies: lively music, eye-catching scenery, larger-than-life comic set pieces, suave men and beautiful women, and odd-man-out Clouseau, played to perfection by the one and only Peter Sellers. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Hilarious no matter how many times you watch it. Slapstick for the sixties."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"I found it overrated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sure, it gave Sellers his classic role, but on its own, it's not that great"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The whole ensemble is played like a Stradivarius"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Sellers is at the top of his game."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Sellers' first Clouseau trip is fun, sets pace for rest of series"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Clouseau (Sellers) is...a character that must go down as one of the great comic creations in motion picture history."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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