Tag Archives: Peter Sellers

Blake Edwards – Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

Fifth of the Pink Panther series and the last to star Peter Sellers before his untimely death. French mobster, Phillip Douvier has got a problem – hardly none of the other crime families give his family any respect. To try and fix this problem, he gives orders to murder Chief Inspector Clouseau who everybody think is a genius and only a few like Chief Inspector Dreyfus know of his true stupidity. Thanks due to a mixup an escaping criminal dies in Clouseau’s car, and it crashes and explodes. Chief Inspector Dreyfus is delighted (so much so that when at the memorial service he tries very hard not to laugh out in delight and everybody thinks he’s crying), but Clouseau, wondering who’s out to kill him gets the help of his oriental servant Cato and Douvier’s secretary and ex-lover Simone Legree to help solve the mystery… Read More »

Blake Edwards – The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

Synopsis:
Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), the Chief Inspector of the Surete and superior of Inspector Clouseau was last seen in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) suffering a breakdown cause of Clouseau’s torment. He decides to try and kill him, but fails and was last seen confined to a mental asylum. This movie begins three years later, Dreyfus’ doctors think is well enough to be released, but before he is, Clouseau visits him and agitates him into killing him, so he’s not released. But he escapes and tries to kill Clouseau, but fails. He then decides to recruit some of the best criminals in the world, and then kidnaps a noted English scientist and creates a device that can destroy the world. After using it, his only demand is Clouseau. So every country in the world sends their best assassin to kill him but fail. And Clouseau tries to find Dreyfus before he does any more damage. Read More »

Blake Edwards – The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

Synopsis:
Third in the Pink Panther film franchise. The “Pink Panther” Diamond is stolen once again from Lugash and a white glove is left making everybody think that the famous jewel thief “The Phantom” has stolen it. This surprises everybody as it was thought that The Phantom was retired. It also surprises The Phantom (a.k.a. Sir Charles Litton (Christopher Plummer)) himself as he didn’t do it. He sets out from the south of France to Lugash find the diamond and to clear his name as pressure comes from the Lugash authorities to give back the diamond. Meanwhile, infamous French Detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is called in to find the diamond and he immediately goes to the south of France to check up on Sir Charles. Lady Claudine Litton, Charles’ wife (Catherine Schell), discovers this and leads Clouseau on a false trail and, as normal, Clouseau, with his clueless methods, and Cato Fong (Burt Kwouk), his oriental manservant, cause mayhem as they try to find the diamond. Meanwhile, Clouseau pushes his boss, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) too far and as the story proceeds, Dreyfus makes attempts to murder Clouseau and get him out of his life forever. Read More »

James Hill – The Dock Brief AKA Trial and Error (1962)

Synopsis
An incompetent lawyer defends an accused wife murderer. Read More »

George Roy Hill – The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Synopsis:
Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) is a madly egocentric and overly amorous avant-garde concert pianist who is hilariously pursued all around New York City by two fourteen-year-old fans. The girls, Valarie “Val” Campbell Boyd (Tippy Walker) and Marian “Gil” Gilbert (Merrie Spaeth) chase a harassed Henry all over the city, thwarting his afternoon liaisons with a married woman and leaving utter chaos behind them – until Val’s sexually promiscuous mother, Isabel (Dame Angela Lansbury), appears on the scene to put a stop to the girls’ shenanigans. Read More »

Vittorio De Sica – Caccia alla volpe AKA After The Fox (1966)

Released in the US as “After The Fox”, Caccia Alla Volpe is a 1966 collaboration of Vittorio De Sica and Peter Sellers. In this light romp Sellers plays Italian Master Thief Aldo Vanucci who escapes from prison to help his mother control his precocious young sister and to take part in smuggling gold bullion into Italy. With the Carabiniere always on his tail, Vanucci concocts a scheme to pose as Fellini-esque movie director Federico Fabrizzi filming a neo realistic film in a small Italian coastal town where he plans to receive the gold. Many icons are sent up in this film. De Sica himself shows he is not above a little self parody, Fellini of course gets jabbed and probably most notably, Victor Mature briefly came out of retirement to play handsome Tony Powell, a hilarious and thinly veiled caricature of himself, an aging over the hill star of the 40’s desperate to recapture his former starpower complete with his signature trench coat. Read More »

Alexander Mackendrick – The Ladykillers (1955)

Quote:
A gang planning a ‘job’ find themselves living with a little old lady, who thinks they are musicians. When the gang set out to kill Mrs Wilberforce, they run into one problem after another, and they get what they deserve. Read More »