The Return Of The Pink Panther

This was the third in the "Pink Panther" series, which starred Sellers. Alan Arkin and director Bud Yorkin had attempted their version with INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU, but it couldn't compare to the comedy engendered by Sellers under Edwards's direction. This sequel took in more than $30 million and earned every cent. The famous diamond named in the title has been...read more

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This was the third in the "Pink Panther" series, which starred Sellers. Alan Arkin and director Bud Yorkin had attempted their version with INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU, but it couldn't compare to the comedy engendered by Sellers under Edwards's direction. This sequel took in more than $30 million

and earned every cent. The famous diamond named in the title has been stolen from the museum where it had been residing for the past several years. Blame is laid at the feet of retired jewel thief Plummer (doing the David Niven role established in THE PINK PANTHER), though he is innocent. Plummer

is married to Schell and is in danger of being arrested for a crime he didn't commit, so he must find out who the real crook is. Lom, again Sellers's boss, reluctantly gives Sellers the task of solving the crime. A series of sight gags and misplaced-word jokes follows, with Sellers playing off

Aslan and Arne, two Middle Eastern cops; Victor Spinetti and Mike Grady, employees at a Gstaad resort; and all of the villains, led by Eric Pohlmann in an imitation of Sydney Greenstreet. The picture comes to life only when Sellers is onscreen, and the rest of the time it's just vamping. The

locations were visually satisfying with scenes being shot at Gstaad, Switzerland, the French Riviera, Marrakesh, and Casablanca. The picture races along like a "Road Runner" cartoon with occasional stops to catch its breath. Try to see it on television in a room alone because the laughter in a

full-theater audience might cause you to miss some good lines. Julie Andrews, who is Edwards's wife, did a small cameo as a chambermaid, but the scene was cut out in the final print. Edwards comes from directorial genes, as his grandfather, J. Gordon Edwards, was in charge of the lensing of many

films.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This was the third in the "Pink Panther" series, which starred Sellers. Alan Arkin and director Bud Yorkin had attempted their version with INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU, but it couldn't compare to the comedy engendered by Sellers under Edwards's direction. This sequ… (more)

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