October 9th, 2013: The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Pink Panther Strikes Again

Cast and Crew: Henry Mancini ( Score); Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Omar Sharif, Deep Roy

What It’s About: Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) escapes from the mental asylum working Inspector Closeau (Peter Sellers) drove him to and attempts to murder his nemesis.  When he fails, he settles on a grander scheme:  he builds a doomsday weapon, and threatens to destroy the world if its leaders can’t kill off the bumbling French policeman.  Of course, Dreyfus himself should remember just how hard that is…

Why Watch it Today?:  Dreyfus destroys the U.N. building on October 9th to show he is serious.  One of the better entries in Blake Edwards Pink Panther series, probably because the focus is once again not on jewel theft but on Dreyfus’s hilarious but ineffective attempts to murder Closeau, a role which Lom plays with relish.  The nods to the James Bond series, particularly the scenes where all the world’s best secret agents try (and fail) to kill Closeau are quite fun as well.


One comment on “October 9th, 2013: The Pink Panther Strikes Again

  1. geelw says:

    Ha! I still remember seeing this back when it first came out and cracking up too much as the insanity of it all. I think Encore ran all of the PP flicks a few months back and seeing it again, I actually find it not as great as I remember, but still pretty funny thanks to those assassins and Lom’s unhinged performance. I like how he basically had a Death Star-like weapon but STILL couldn’t kill Clouseau.

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