A Shot in the Dark (1964) - Comedy, Mystery

Hohum Score

5

Breathtaking

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.

IMDB: 7.5
Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 13 out of 122 found boring (10.65%)

One-line Reviews (51)

While Herbert Lom does a very good job coming totally unglued, this film, like all the Pink Panther films worth watching, is sustained and nourished by the genius performance of Peter Sellers.

Taste for comedy is a lot like taste for food, in that people love certain things more than others one persons gut buster may be another's bore-fest.

So finally we have to say that even though Blake Edwards recognizes and showcases Peter Sellers' great talents, they are wasted in this weakly scripted going nowhere film.

Peter Sellers always entertaining .

Very enjoyable.

Sorry-- It's Tedious Now and Doesn't Hold Up .

But though the early part of the movie is weighed down by a lot of tedious examination of the murders, the filmmakers forget the plot as the movie goes on.

I watched the original Pink Panther film a couple of years ago and I hated it with a passion (I found it lazy, unfunny and dull).

You may find the edge of Sellers' Clouseau to be a bit dull in A Shot In The Dark.

These comings and goings are underscored by a breathtaking tune, composed by Henry Mancini and performed by Fran Jeffries, called "Shadows of Paris.

There can be no doubt that Peter Sellers is one of the greatest comedic actors of all time, and he is the primary reason the film is so enjoyable.

However, this sequel to The Pink Panther is very entertaining with plenty of laugh out loud moments and colorful characters.

Still faults aside this is still a fairly enjoyable effort and is a huge improvement on the first film.

A very entertaining comedy and a most hilarious Peter Sellers show aided by a fine supporting cast and an intelligent direction.

Poor George Sanders looked bored to tears and Elke Sommer stood around and looked pretty.

The first film (THE PINK PANTHER) really was not a film about Inspector Clouseau, but more of a caper film starring David Niven and the emphasis was definitely not on crazy humor, but on sophisticated comedy (and to me, to was a lot more dull).

So it's a different "Pink Panther" movie and I enjoyed it.

Take a look if you can and inspect the unexpected.

A hugely enjoyable slice of comedy gold .

Also, we're introduced to Kato, who breaks up a drab setting to jump Clouseau and to mop the floor with his butt.

Nevertheless, this is a highly enjoyable comedy.

In the final scene, they basically throw up their hands, admit they're bored with the story and characters, and tack on an arbitrary conclusion.

GEORGE SANDERS is another suspect, looking quite tired and bored out of his mind as he plays it straight for Sellers.

Also the plot is very intriguing-you don't know exactly who the killer is until the end.. The way Clouseau p***es off the chief is also great.

It is consistently sharp, smart and entertaining and as far as I'm concerned, the main figure responsible for this is Blake Edwards.

Like for example, Inspector Clouseau got arrested more than a couple of times for not obtaining selling license in order to sell stuffs such as balloons, paintings, etc. Number two, few comic scenes were way too predictable.

Fine and entertaining sequel with Sellers-Clouseau investigating a murder at a country house .

The sequels that followed, though also entertaining, never reached "A Shot in the Dark"'s high level.

Well worth watching, and just as good as it was 40 years ago.

The only few minor drawbacks of this film are: Number one, Some portions are repetitive.

The plot is 'the maid must have done it',and as the murders mount up,stunning Elke Sommer as Maria Gambrelli always seems to be in the vicinity with the murder weapons close by("Dead Du Du").

Very enjoyable and far superior sequel to The Pink Panther .

Edwards seized the adaptation of the Kurnitz play and, notwithstanding the lack of precious jewel and animated feline, made it, with future Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty of all people, the Pink Panther installment in which all that's commonly expected of a Pink Panther movie converges in those very proportions: Clouseau's opaque personal poise in a widescreen world of inborn anarchy, the unexpected karate exercises with Kato, and the eye twitch that overwhelms Herbert Lom's laugh-out-loud police commissioner Dreyfus as he's driven into madness by his self-astonished hatred of Clouseau.

Peter Sellers is always entertaining.

I initially thought there would be a plot, but that's Blake Edwards' talent, when confusion is deliberate, even zaniness can glides beneath the surface of class and elegance.

A Shot In The Dark is much better than The Pink Panther, though Blake Edwards still takes a far too languid and lackadaisical approach to his storytelling.

The script is heavily plotted but engaging for the viewer - unlike later films in the series where the plots gradually became non-existent.

This is a frivolous, colorful and enjoyable experience.

On the negative side, towards the end, Edwards does get too tangled with his plot, but not as badly as in other films of his ("Sunset", "Revenge of the Pink Panther")and the pace is much too slow considering the later films were fast paced romps.

A fast paced comedy/mystery less about who-dun-it than how many corpses can they fit in the movie?!

The opening scene confusion of mixed partner adulterous lovers is repeated at the end, and we never do find out who murdered who at the house of Benjamin Ballon (George Sanders, perfectly stiff in his comedic encounters with Peter Sellers), although the now demented Herbert Lom admitted to trying to kill Clouseau in not only the too long sequence in a Spanish cafe, but also the boring ones in the Hawaiian and Russian restaurants.

Meanwhile, the jokes get predictable: by the halfway point of the movie, you just know that when Clouseau is asked to put a billiard cue away, he'll end up knocking over the whole cue rack, and when he tries to do a Cossack dance, he'll rip his trousers.

Cato (Burt Kwouk) keeps attacking Clouseau in the most unexpected moments.

An enjoyable detective farce .

Typical Peter Sellers and predictable movie.

"Shot's" also a fabulous comedy in its own right, with Sellers firing on all cylinders and jumping from frying pan to frying pan with surreal obliviousness, Edwards collaborating with his star by letting him run on in long, drawn-out scenes that seldom flag.

While the solution to the mystery is scattered, confusing, and almost non-existent, that's not really the point.

Not only that, in a daring twist, Blake Edwards actually does not reveal a solution to the mystery, with Sellers even breaking the fourth wall to look at the camera in confusion as everyone starts confessing to various things towards the end before soon getting their just desserts.

This release is an enjoyable comedy starred by the great Peter Sellers as the inept and bungling Jacques Clouseau , role who became a world-wide institution .

This sharp, enjoyable mystery comedy mingling slapstick, more refined humor, depression and disparagement of humanity is still a plodding affair.

The real point of the film is to see Peter Sellers do whatever on screen -- but too often the same schtick is repeated too many times, especially that of his servant attacking him; supposedly, a running gag to anchor the film, it gets dull after the second time.