A Shot in the Dark
A Shot in the Dark (1964)

In this film, a murdered corpse is found at the chateau of millionaire Benjamin Ballon. Inspector Clouseau is sent to investigate, but chief inspector Charles Dreyfus is loathe to allow the bumbling Sellers near the case. While Dreyfus… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 23, 1964
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Shot in the Dark is often regarded as the best of the Pink Panther sequels, and Peter Sellers gives a top-notch performance that makes slapstick buffoonery memorable.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This isn't quite up to the original, but it has its moments.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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The second Pink Panther film is a timeless piece of knockabout comic artistry and undoubtedly the best of the series.

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Variety Staff

Sometimes the narrative is subordinated to individual bits of business and running gags but Sellers' skill as a comedian again is demonstrated.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The crime plot itself is merely window dressing for the one hundred minute showcase of Peter Sellers' amazing timing with both verbal and physical comedy.

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Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine

The original Pink Panther movie, and perhaps even the best. Sellars is, obviously, stellar.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

The picture is filled with one sight gag after another, many familiar to anyone old enough to remember the glory days of silent comedy.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

A great comedy, brilliantly directed by Blake Edwards.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Jacques Clouseau investigates a murder in an upper class Parisian residence, protecting the prime suspect for whom he has a crush. Broad comedy at its best, A… More
Daniel Mumby
When stripped of their reputation, the Pink Panther series are a complete rollercoaster, ranging from the early brilliance of Peter Sellers to the cash-cow… More
Dan Schultz
A clever, well-made, funny entry into the 'Pink Panther' series, with the bumbling Inspector Clouseau (the legendary Peter Sellers) being called to… More
Thomas Bowler
One of Clouseau's greatest outings. Full review later.
Tim Salmons
My favorite of The Pink Panther series, as well as one of the funniest films ever made. This is the quintessential Clouseau film. The comedy is sharp and the… More
Ken Stachnik
I feel like I need to see this in a theater with an audience to appreciate it.

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