The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

Blake Edwards (1963)

PG Certificate
Sat 1 May 11am - 1:30pm Film4


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Peter Sellers went into this film as character support and came out a star. David Niven plays the ostensible lead, Sir Charles Lytton - aka jewel thief the Phantom - with Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, who is called upon to prevent the theft of a diamond known as the Pink Panther. Sellers's turn was so scene-stealingly comic that director Blake Edwards inserted new material, and the rest is history. Don't miss the opening cartoon title sequence, accompanied by Henry Mancini's iconic theme tune.


The world's most inept police detective, Inspector Clouseau, heads off to Switzerland in search of a suave jewel thief who has purloined a priceless diamond from a princess - but the bumbling officer's every ruse to foil the crime ends in chaos, not least when he is framed for the robbery himself. Blake Edwards' comedy, starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Capucine, Robert Wagner and Claudia Cardinale.

Cast & Crew

Sir Charles Lytton David Niven
Inspector Jacques Clouseau Peter Sellers
George Lytton Robert Wagner
Simone Clouseau Capucine
Princess Dala Claudia Cardinale
Angela Dunning Brenda de Banzie
Defence attorney John Le Mesurier
Greek "cousin" Fran Jeffries
Tucker Colin Gordon
Saloud James Lanphier
Artoff Guy Thomajan
Novelist Michael Trubshawe
Director Blake Edwards
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray