The Pink Panther Strikes Again – 1976
The Pink Panther Strikes Again was Peter Sellers’ fourth outing as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau and possibly alongside A Shot In The Dark, the funniest in the series. Sellers would reprise his role as Clouseau one more time.
I still firmly believe that even today The Pink Panther series ranks amongst the funniest films ever made.
Charles Dreyfus has escaped from the mental asylum and is trying to kill Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau.
After his first attempt fails, he takes on another strategy, namely to build a Doomsday machine and demand that someone else kills Jacques Clouseau, or Dreyfus will use the machine to wipe out whole cities and even whole countries… With about 22 assassins from all over the globe on his tail, Clouseau decides to find Dreyfus alone and put him back in the mental asylum.
Of course the usual Clouseau chaos ensues.
Peter Sellers … Chief Inspector Clouseau
Herbert Lom … Dreyfus
Lesley-Anne Down … Olga
Burt Kwouk … Cato Fong
Colin Blakely … Drummond
Leonard Rossiter … Quinlan
André Maranne … Francois (as Andre Maranne)
Byron Kane … Secretary of State
Howard K. Smith … Himself (scenes deleted)
Dick Crockett … The President
Richard Vernon … Fassbender
Briony McRoberts … Margo Fassbender
Dudley Sutton … McClaren
Murray Kash … Dr. Zelmo Flek (scenes deleted)
Hal Galili … Danny Salvo
Written By: Frank Waldman and Blake Edwards
Directed By: Blake Edwards
Original UK Release Date: 16th December 1976