The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther".
To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him.
By a twist of fate, the clumsy, but well-meaning aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after utterly ruining the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in this magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing, and everybody is in high spirits. But, much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party will end. What delightful disasters await?Written by
How, I wonder, did this movie seem so funny when I saw it in a theater in 1968, and just as funny when it aired on "The NBC Late Movie" in 76 or 77, but seem like such a dud now? It shows that Blake Edwards, who co-wrote the supposed screenplay, started his decline long before "Darling Lili," the movie with which it is presumed he hit rock bottom in 1970. I detected two genuine laughs and a few chuckles in this otherwise barren wasteland, and none were provided by Peter Sellers, whose decline also started with this film. The only comedic performance of note came from Steve Franken, a fairly obscure character actor who was superb as a waiter who spends more time drinking the liquor than serving it. Otherwise, the only value contained in the film was contributed by Claudine Longet and the late Carol Wayne, both of whom looked terrific.
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