The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark

Theatrical Release: June 23, 1964
DVD Release: March 23, 1999
The Pink Panther: A Shot in the Dark


When rich M. Ballon’s Spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria Gambrelli, the maid, to be the murderer. But Clouseau, being attracted to the beautiful girl, is convinced that she is hiding something. So, he has her released from jail and tries to follow her secretly. Things do not work out the way the inspector wanted and people keep being murdered, and each time innocent Maria seems to be the killer. But with someone important wanting Clouseau and nobody else to cover this case, his tolerance-challenged boss Charles Dreyfuss is close to losing his mind when casualties keep turning up. And Clouseau keeps on causing trouble without knowing it.

Dove Review

This is one of the earliest and funniest “Pink Panther” films with Peter Sellers. In this one, Clouseau’s timing is off as he accidentally shoots a crow in one scene, only to learn that a game warden is in the area at the time. Clouseau is soon off to jail which happens more than once in this film. He also rips the cloth on a billiards table with his stick, something that seems only he would be capable of. The bumbling inspector is at his best as he attempts to clear a woman who is accused of murder. This movie is approved for ages twelve and up.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: Some fights, bomb goes off, gunshots, nothing graphic.
Sex: Kissing. References to having sex. A near adulterous affair which is interrupted. Tame scenes at a nudist colony.
Language: D-1
Violence: Some fights, bomb goes off, gunshots, nothing graphic.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking.
Nudity: Cleavage. Clouseau's pants ripped and small view of underwear seen.
Other: None


Company: MGM/UA
Director: Blake Edwards
Producer: Blake Edwards
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 102 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter