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The Pink Panther
Director: Blake Edwards (Dir)
Release Date:   1964
Premiere Information:   Chicago opening: 18 Mar 1964
Duration (in mins):   113
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Cast:   David Niven (Sir Charles Lytton)  
    Peter Sellers (Inspector Jacques Clouseau)  
    Capucine (Simone Clouseau)  
    Robert Wagner (George Lytton)  
    Claudia Cardinale (Princess Dala)  
    Fran Jeffries (The Greek "Cousin")  
    Brenda De Banzie (Angela Dunning)  
    James Lanphier (Saloud)  
    Colin Gordon (Tucker)  
    John Le Mesurier (Defense attorney)  
    Guy Thomajan (Artoff)  
    Michael Trubshawe (The Novelist)  
    Riccardo Billi (Greek shipowner)  
    Meri Welles (Hollywood starlet)  
    Martin Miller (Photographer)  

Summary: Sir Charles Lytton, who is really the famous jewel thief, the Phantom, wants the Pink Panther, a priceless jewel owned by beautiful Princess Dala. Inspector Jacques Clouseau wants the Phantom, whom he has been chasing unsuccessfully for 15 years. Clouseau also wants the Phantom's female accomplice, unaware that she is really his own wife, Simone, the Phantom's mistress. Princess Dala visits the ski resort of Cortina; and there Sir Charles, Clouseau, and Simone also appear. George, Sir Charles's nephew, who supposedly has been attending school in America at his uncle's expense but is actually an amateur in the same "profession" as his uncle, also arrives unexpectedly at Cortina. After many complications, Clouseau learns that Sir Charles is the Phantom, but he cannot capture him. Later, when Princess Dala plans a costume party at her villa in Rome, Clouseau warns her that the Phantom will undoubtedly attempt to steal the Panther from the library safe during the party. Sir Charles and George come to the party, both dressed as gorillas, and begin to work on the safe from opposite ends. They crack it simultaneously only to find it empty except for a white glove, the Phantom's trademark. The lights go out and when they come on again it is announced that the Panther is missing. After a wild car chase, Clouseau apprehends Sir Charles and George. Simone goes to Princess Dala to ask help to free them. At their trial, Clouseau testifies that he was present at each of the Phantom's thefts. Suspicion is thrown on Clouseau as the actual Phantom, and Clouseau is arrested when he pulls a handkerchief from his pocket with the Panther attached to it--the work of Simone and Dala. Sir Charles and George are freed and whisked off by Simone to South America. Clouseau, enveloped in the admiration of the crowd attending the trial and basking in the first adulation of his life, protests his innocence less vigorously as he is taken to prison. Sir Charles promises Simone that, as soon as they are safely in South America, he will send a letter to the Italian government clearing the innocent Clouseau. 

Production Company: Mirisch--G & E Productions  
Production Text: A Blake Edwards Production
Distribution Company: United Artists  
Director: Blake Edwards (Dir)
  Ottavio Oppo (Asst dir)
Producer: Mirisch Co. (Pres)
  Martin Jurow (Prod)
  Dick Crockett (Assoc prod)
Writer: Maurice Richlin (Scr)
  Blake Edwards (Scr)
Photography: Philip Lathrop (Cine)
  Cliff King (Cam op)
  Richard Kline (Asst cam)
Art Direction: Fernando Carrère (Art dir)
Film Editor: Ralph E. Winters (Film ed)
  Marshall M. Borden (Film ed)
  David B. Zinnemann (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Reg Allen (Set dec)
  Jack Stevens (Set dec)
  Arrigo Breschi (Set dec)
Costumes: Yves Saint-Laurent (Ward for Miss Cardinale and Capucine)
Music: Henry Mancini (Mus)
  Plas Johnson (Tenor sax solos)
Sound: Alexander Fisher (Sd)
  William Hamilton (Boom op)
Special Effects: Lee Zavitz (Spec eff)
Dance: Hermes Pan (Choreog)
Production Misc: Jack McEdward (Prod mgr)
  Guy Luongo (Prod supv)
  Betty Abbott (Scr supv)
  James Lanphier (Dial coach)
  Sherman Clark (Stills)
  DePatie-Freleng (Main titles)
Country: United States

Music: Theme from the Pink Panther by Henry Mancini.
Songs: "It Had Better Be Tonight," music by Henry Mancini, English lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Italian lyrics by Franco Migliacci.
Composer: Henry Mancini
  Johnny Mercer
  Frano Migliacci

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Mirisch--G & E Productions 18/3/1964 dd/mm/yyyy LP27578

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd:
  Widescreen/ratio: Technirama, see note

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Chases
  Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy)
  Detectives
  Disguise
  Duplicity
  Evidence
  Imprisonment
  Infidelity
  Inspector Clouseau
  Jewels
  Masked balls
  Robbery
  Rome (Italy)
  Royalty
  Safes
  Ski resorts
  South America
  Thieves
  Trials

Note: Filmed in Italy; location scenes filmed in the Swiss Alps. Press material indicates that the film was photographed in 70mm Super Technirama. 

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