A Shot in the Dark

A Shot in the Dark

Blake Edwards (1964)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This was the movie in which Peter Sellers first headed the cast as Clouseau (after stealing every scene from nominal stars David Niven and Capucine in The Pink Panther the year before). He mingles accents and mangles motives with his usual skill, producing some of the most hilarious moments in the series. "Give me ten men like Clouseau and I could destroy the world!" says the inept inspector's despairing commander (Herbert Lom) when the self-righteous buffoon investigates a murder at a millionaire's Paris apartment. Suave George Sanders plays the wealthy resident and saucy chambermaid Elke Sommer the prime suspect.


The bungling Inspector Clouseau is sent to investigate a high-profile murder case. All the clues point to a maid being the guilty party, but the accident-prone detective is instantly smitten with her, and devotes his efforts to proving her innocence - despite all evidence to the contrary. Comedy, starring Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders and Herbert Lom.

Cast & Crew

Insp Jacques Clouseau Peter Sellers
Maria Gambrelli Elke Sommer
Benjamin Ballon George Sanders
Chief Insp Charles Dreyfus Herbert Lom
Dominique Ballon Tracy Reed
Hercule Lajoy Graham Stark
Francois Andre Maranne
Henri Lafarge Douglas Wilmer
Madame Lafarge Vanda Godsell
Director Blake Edwards
see more

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD