Χαμόγέλα το πρωί: Ο Ροζ Πάνθηρας [I Want Love A Pink Panther Music Video]
Ένα χαμόγελο ήταν πάντα μια απλή και όμορφη και μάλλον εύκολη υπόθεση, όπως και μια ανάρτηση στα πεταχτά το πρωί του Σαββάτου.
Λεπτομέρειες για την ταινία:Η Κλαούντια Καρντινάλε ήταν αδύναμη στο να μιλήσει την αγγλική γλώσσα, κι έτσι την ντουμπλάρισε η εικοσάχρωνη Γκέιλ Γκάρνετ.Ή Άβα Γκάρντνερ και η Τζάνετ Λι θα έπαιρναν τον ρόλο της Σιμόν Κλουζό, αλλά λόγω της παράλογης απαίτησης μισθού της Γκάρντνερ και επειδή η Λι είχε μόλις παντρευτεί και δεν ήθελε να αφήσει πίσω τον άντρα της στα γυρίσματα στην Κορτίνα.
Η ταινία έχει μπει στην λίστα των «Εκατόν Αστειότερων Ταινιών του Μπράβο» με τον αριθμό 62. Το διάσημο αιλουροειδές με τη ροζ απόχρωση στο δέρμα, ο διάσημος πλεον Ροζ Πάνθηρας, που εμφανίστηκε στην κωμική σεκάνς κινουμένων σχεδίων των τίτλων αρχής, έγινε τόσο δημοφιλής, που οι δημιουργοί, Φριτς Φρίλινγκ και Ντέιβιντ Χάντσον Ντε Πάτι δημιούργησαν μια σειρά κινουμένων σχεδίων με τον ίδιο χαρακτήρα. Η μορφή αυτή χρησιμοποιήθηκε στις σεκάνς τίτλων αρχής σε όλες τις ταινίες της σειράς, εκτός από την συνέχεια Λαγωνικό 24 Καρατίων.
Ο ρολός για τον διάσημο χαρακτήρα του επιθεωρητή Κλουζό αρχικά θα δινόταν στον διάσημο για τον ρόλο του Ηρακλή Πουαρό, Πίτερ Ουστίνοφ, ενώ ο ρόλος της συζύγου του Σιμόν θα δινόταν στην Άβα Γκάρντνερ. Ο Ουστίνοφ αρνήθηκε τον ρόλο λίγες μέρες πριν το γύρισμα, και εξ αυτού, μηνύθηκε από τον Έντουαρντς ο οποίος κέρδισε την δίκη.
Η υπόθεση της ταινίας
Η Πριγκίπισσα Ντάλα κληρονομεί το μεγαλύτερο διαμάντι του κόσμου, τον Ροζ Πάνθηρα, από τον πατέρα της. Ξεφεύγοντας από τα κοσμικά πλήθη δραπετεύει σε ένα χειμερινό Ιταλικό θέρετρο στην Κορτίνα, όπου γνωρίζει τον διάσημο πλέιμποϊ σερ Τσαρλς Λίτον, ή όπως είναι γνωστός ως ο μυστηριώδης εγκληματίας, το Φάντασμα, ο οποίος έχει βάλει το μάτι του το πασίγνωστο διαμάντι και την γοητευτική ιδιοκτήτριά του. Εν τω μεταξύ, ο γκαφατζής επιθεωρητής αστυνομικός Ζακ Κλουζό βρίσκεται στα ίχνη του Φαντάσματος και της θηλυκής του βοηθού, η οποία δεν είναι άλλη από την σύζυγο του Κλουζό και ερωμένη του σερ Τσαρλς, η Σιμόν. Καταφθάνοντας στην Κορτίνα, ο σερ Τσαρλς κινεί τις υποψίες του επιθεωρητή Κλουζό, και σύντομα, ο ανιψιός του σερ Τσαρλς, ο Τζορτζ, ανακαλύπτει την ταυτότητα του περιβόητου θείου του.
Ταινίες της σειράς
- Ο Ροζ Πάνθηρας (1964) , Πίτερ Σέλλερς ως Κλουζό
- Λαγωνικό 24 Καρατίων (1964), Πίτερ Σέλλερς ως Κλουζό
- Ο Επιθεωρητής Κλουζό (1968), Άλαν Άρκιν ως Κλουζό
- Η Επιστροφή του Ροζ Πάνθηρα (1975), Σέλλερς ως Κλουζό
- Ο Ροζ Πάνθηρας Ξαναχτυπά (1976), Σέλλερς ως Κλουζό
- Η Εκδίκηση του Ροζ Πάνθηρα (1978), Σέλλερς ως Κλουζό
- Στα Ίχνη του Ροζ Πάνθηρα (1982), Σέλλερς ως Κλουζό
- Το Φάντασμα του Ροζ Πάνθηρα (1983)
- Ο Γιός του Ροζ Πάνθηρα (1993), Ρομπέρτο Μπενίνι ως Ζακ Γκαμπρέλι.
- Ροζ Πάνθηρας (2006), Στιβ Μάρτιν ως Κλουζό
Although the two most recent Pink Panther films starred Steve Martin, most of the films in the series starred Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau and were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards. The popular jazz-based theme music was composed by Henry Mancini. In addition to the credits sequences, the theme often accompanies any suspenseful sequence in the first film and in subsequent films using the character. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Πίτερ Σέλλερς – Επιθεωρητής Ζακ Κλουζό
- Ντέιβιντ Νίβεν – Σερ Τσαρλς Λίτον, Ο Φαντομάς
- Ρόμπερτ Βάγκνερ – Τζορτζ Λίτον
- Καπουσίν – Σιμόν Κλουζό
- Κλαούντια Καρντινάλε – Πριγκίπισσα Ντάλα
- Μπρέντα Ντε Μπανζί – Άντζελα Ντάνινγκ
- Κόλιν Γκόρντον – Τάκερ
- Τζέιμς Λανπιέρ – Σαλούντ
- Γκι Τομαγιάρ – Αρτόφ
- Η Κλαούντια Καρντινάλε ήταν αδύναμη στο να μιλήσει την αγγλική γλώσσα, κι έτσι την ντουμπλάρισε η εικοσάχρωνη Γκέιλ Γκάρνετ.
- Ή Άβα Γκάρντνερ και η Τζάνετ Λι θα έπαιρναν τον ρόλο της Σιμόν Κλουζό, αλλά λόγω της παράλογης απαίτησης μισθού της Γκάρντνερ και επειδή η Λι είχε μόλις παντρευτεί και δεν ήθελε να αφήσει πίσω τον άντρα της στα γυρίσματα στην Κορτίνα.
- Η συνέχεια, Λαγωνικό 24 Καρατίων, ολοκληρώθηκε και εμφανίστηκε στους κινηματογράφους μόλις τρεις μήνες μετά την κυκλοφορία της πρώτης ταινίας.
- Αρχικά, ο ρόλος του Ντέιβιντ Νίβεν θα ήταν ο πρωταγωνιστικός, αλλά ο χαρακτήρας του Επιθεωρητή Κλουζό αγαπήθηκε τόσο πολύ από το κοινό και τους δημιουργούς, που έγινε ο πρωταγωνιστής των επόμενων ταινιών.
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- Jacques Clouseau is a bumbling simpleton of a policeman and detective. He inexplicably speaks in English with a ludicrous French accent, while other characters speak English, often with their own accents. Clouseau’s accent is far less pronounced in the first film; from A Shot in the Dark onwards the exaggerated accent became part of the joke. It has been suggested that portraying the incompetent policeman as French is based on a British stereotype of the French police, or even the French population as a whole. Peter Sellers, the actor portraying Clouseau, remarked that in his opinion, Clouseau knew he was a buffoon; but Clouseau has an incredible knack for survival. Sheer luck or clumsiness usually saves him. In the first film, a farcical car chase around one of Rome’s fountains results in the loud collision of all the vehicles (off-camera, witnessed only by a bemused pedestrian), resulting in the capture of the thieves (both of whom were wearing gorilla costumes).
The Pink Panther is a series of comedy films featuring the bungling French police detective Jacques Clouseau that began in 1963 with the release of the film of the same name. The role was originated by, and is most closely associated with, Peter Sellers. Most of the films were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards, with notable theme music composed by Henry Mancini.
Despite its use in the titles of most of the films of the series, the «Pink Panther» is not the Clouseau character, but a large and valuable fictitious pink diamond of the same name which is the «MacGuffin» of the first film in the series. The phrase reappears in the title of the fourth film, The Return of the Pink Panther, in which the theft of the diamond is again the center of the plot; that film also marked the return of Sellers to the role after a gap of ten years, which may have contributed to some confusion between the character and the diamond. The phrase has been used for all the subsequent films in the series, even when the jewel does not figure into the plot (the diamond has only appeared in six of the eleven films in the series).
The first film in the series had an animated opening sequence, created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and set to the theme music by Henry Mancini, which featured the Pink Panther character. This character, designed by Hawley Pratt, was subsequently the subject of its own series of animated cartoons which gained its greatest fame when aired on Saturday mornings as The Pink Panther Show. The character would be featured in the opening of every film in the movie series except A Shot in the Dark and Inspector Clouseau.
Films and themes
Although the two most recent Pink Panther films starred Steve Martin, most of the films in the series starred Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau and were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards. The popular jazz-based theme music was composed by Henry Mancini. In addition to the credits sequences, the theme often accompanies any suspenseful sequence in the first film and in subsequent films using the character.
Mancini’s other themes for the first film include an Italian-language set-piece called “Meglio Stasera” whose purpose seems primarily to introduce young actress Fran Jeffries. Portions of an instrumental version also appear in the film’s musical score several times. Other segments include «Shades of Sennett», a «honky tonk» piano number introducing the film’s climactic chase scene through the streets of Rome. Most of the remaining tracks on the soundtrack album are early 1960s orchestral jazz pieces, matching the style of the era. Although variations of the main theme would be reprised for many of the Pink Panther series entries, as well as the cartoon series, Mancini composed a different theme for A Shot in the Dark that was later adopted by the animated spin-off series, The Inspector.
The Pink Panther of the title is a diamond supposedly containing a flaw which forms the image of a «leaping panther», which can be seen if held up to light in a certain way. This is explained in the beginning of the first film, and the camera zooms in on the diamond to reveal the blurry flaw, which focuses into the Panther (albeit not actually leaping) to start the opening credits sequence (this is also done in Return). The plot of the first film is based on the theft of this diamond. The diamond reappears in five other films in the series (The Return of the Pink Panther, Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther. It also comes in the 2006 reintroduction of Inspector Clouseau also called The Pink Panther and its sequelThe Pink Panther 2). The name «the Pink Panther» became attached to Inspector Clouseau, in much the same way that Frankenstein has been used in film titles to refer to Dr. Frankenstein’s creation or The Thin Man was used in a series of detective films.
A Shot in the Dark, a film which was not originally intended to feature Inspector Clouseau, is the first of two films in the series (the other being Inspector Closeau) that features neither the diamond nor the distinctive animated Pink Panther in the opening credits and ending. Many critics, including Leonard Maltin, regard this film as the best in the series.
In the original Pink Panther movie, the main focus was on David Niven’s role as Sir Charles Lytton, the infamous jewel thief nicknamed «the Phantom», and his plan to steal the Pink Panther from its owner. The Inspector Clouseau character plays only a supporting role as Lytton’s incompetent antagonist, and provided slapstick comic relief to a movie that was otherwise a subtle, lighthearted crime drama, a somewhat jarring contrast of styles which is typical of Edwards’ films. The popularity of Clouseau caused him to become the main character in subsequent Pink Panther films, which were more straightforward slapstick comedies.
Mancini’s theme, with variations in arrangement, is used at the start of all but the first two of the subsequent films.
As of 2009, eleven Pink Panther films have been made:
Pink Panther films
|The Pink Panther
||Although centered on David Niven, Peter Sellers was so popular that the resulting series would be built on Clouseau rather than the Phantom/Sir Charles Lytton.
|A Shot in the Dark
||Released less than a year after The Pink Panther, Clouseau returns to bumble his way through a murder investigation. This also marks the first appearance of both Herbert Lom’s Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk’s Cato.
||This film stars Alan Arkin as Clouseau, and does not have any other recurring characters (Dreyfus, Cato, the Phantom, etc.) from the rest of the series. Although produced by the Mirisch Corporation, Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini were not involved in the making of this film.
|The Return of the Pink Panther
||Not only does this mark the return of the famous «Pink Panther» diamond, but also the successful return of Peter Sellers as Clouseau (along with Edwards, Mancini, Dreyfus, and Cato). Sir Charles Lytton is portrayed by Christopher Plummer.
|The Pink Panther Strikes Again
||Dreyfus’ insanity reaches a pinnacle, as he tries to blackmail the rest of the world into killing Clouseau.
|Revenge of the Pink Panther
||This film pits Clouseau against the French Connection. This is the last film for which Sellers played Clouseau; he died two years after its release.
|Trail of the Pink Panther
||Features Peter Sellers as Clouseau using unused material from Strikes Again, this was intended as a tribute to Sellers, but after its release, Sellers’ widow Lynne Frederick successfully sued Edwards and the studio for tarnishing her late husband’s memory. David Niven and Capucinereprises their original roles.
|Curse of the Pink Panther
||Inspector Clouseau and The Pink Panther diamond, both of which had gone missing in Trail, are pursued by the bumbling American detective, Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass). Clouseau returns in an amusing cameo played by an uncredited Roger Moore after having plastic surgery to disguise his identity. Although intended to spawn a new series of misadventures for Sergeant Sleigh, the film’s dismal box office performance and critical drubbing led to a Panther hibernation for the next decade.
|Son of the Pink Panther
||Roberto Benigni tries to revive the series by portraying Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli, Inspector Clouseau’s illegitimate son by Maria Gambrelli (the murder suspect from A Shot in the Dark). Once again, many former Panther co-stars return. Although intended to relaunch the series with a new lovable bumbling hero, So became the final installment in the original Panther series.
|The Pink Panther
||This relaunches a new Pink Panther series starring Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau and Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Not a remake of the original film, this forms a new starting point for a contemporary series, introducing the Clouseau and Dreyfus characters along with the famous diamond to a new generation.
|The Pink Panther 2
||The sequel to Steve Martin’s 2006 film. Martin reprises his role, but John Cleese replaces Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus.
The first five Peter Sellers–Blake Edwards films were released by United Artists. Trail, Curse, and Son were released by MGM/United Artists. DVD rights to The Return of the Pink Panther are now controlled by Universal Pictures’ Focus Features division, in partnership with British production company ITC Entertainment and successor-in-interest ITV Global Entertainment Ltd. Focus Features has issued this film on DVD for Region 1.
ITC originally intended to make an Inspector Clouseau television series, but Blake Edwards convinced the production company to back a feature film first, and later a series if the film should prove successful. The film exceeded expectations by becoming the most profitable film of 1975. United Artists quickly bought out ITC’s investment and work immediately started on the next feature film.
Although official, the 1968 film Inspector Clouseau is generally not considered by fans to be part of the Pink Panther canon since it did not involve Sellers or Edwards. Some elements of Arkin’s performance and costuming, however, were retained when Peter Sellers took back the role for Return in 1975. Despite speculation, Alan Arkin does not appear in Trail of the Pink Panther.
The film that launched the second Pink Panther series, The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau, directed by Shawn Levy, and produced by Robert Simonds, was released in February 2006. This is the first Panther film to be released by Columbia Pictures, which co-produced the film with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is set in the present day and introduces different main characters, therefore belonging to a different continuity. Martin also stars in the sequel, The Pink Panther 2, released in 2009 and is currently developing The Pink Panther 3 with producer Robert Simonds.
Inspector Jacques Clouseau
- First appearance: The Pink Panther (1963)
- Appearances: All Panther films except Son of the Pink Panther
Jacques Clouseau is a bumbling simpleton of a policeman and detective. He inexplicably speaks in English with a ludicrous French accent, while other characters speak English, often with their own accents. Clouseau’s accent is far less pronounced in the first film; from A Shot in the Dark onwards the exaggerated accent became part of the joke. It has been suggested that portraying the incompetent policeman as French is based on a British stereotype of the French police, or even the French population as a whole.
Peter Sellers, the actor portraying Clouseau, remarked that in his opinion, Clouseau knew he was a buffoon; but Clouseau has an incredible knack for survival. Sheer luck or clumsiness usually saves him. In the first film, a farcical car chase around one of Rome’s fountains results in the loud collision of all the vehicles (off-camera, witnessed only by a bemused pedestrian), resulting in the capture of the thieves (both of whom were wearing gorilla costumes). This approach accelerates, with Clouseau falling down stairs; falling into pools and fountains; causing fires and disasters; and even being blown up with bombs repeatedly throughout the series. In The Pink Panther Strikes Again, assassins from all over the world are sent to kill Clouseau; he bends down to tie his shoelace, falls over, etc., at just the right moment to ensure that the killers eliminate one another. In Trail of the Pink Panther, we see in one of the flashbacks that during World War II, Clouseau even fought in the French Resistance movement against the German occupation, but the flashbacks again only serve to reiterate the fact that Clouseau can survive anything despite or, perhaps, due to his incompetence.
Inspector Clouseau is a patriotic Frenchman; his country is professedly his highest priority. He has been prone to infatuation (which is often reciprocated) ever since being cuckolded by Sir Charles Lytton. He is repeatedly perplexed by transvestites, to the extent that he addresses them as «Sir or Madame».
The role was originated and developed by Peter Sellers over the years, but has also been played by Alan Arkin (in Inspector Clouseau), Daniel Peacock and Lucca Mezzofonti as younger versions in flashbacks within Trail of the Pink Panther, Roger Moore (a cameo appearance as Clouseau after plastic surgery at the conclusion of Curse of the Pink Panther), and Steve Martin (in the 2006 Pink Panther film and its 2009 sequel).
Chief Inspector Charles LaRousse Dreyfus
- First Appearance: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
- Appearances: All Panther films except the 1963 film and Inspector Clouseau.
Clouseau’s superior, Charles Dreyfus, was introduced in A Shot in the Dark, where he held the rank of Commissioner. He is constantly driven to distraction by Clouseau’s bungling, to the point where he accidentally stabs himself in the chest with a letter-opener, and eventually is driven murderously insane. In The Return of the Pink Panther, Dreyfus holds the rank of Chief Inspector, instead of Commissioner. As before, he goes crazy by the end of the film, which ends with Dreyfus straitjacketed in a padded cell writing «Kill Clouseau» on the wall with a crayon held between his toes. As in A Shot in the Dark, Dreyfus initially suffers a variety of personal injuries (involving his gun and a cigarette lighter of a similar shape and accidentally cutting off his thumb with a cigar-cutter in the shape of a miniature guillotine) before accidentally strangling his therapist while fantasizing of Clouseau’s death and then trying to assassinate Clouseau with a sniper’s rifle. In The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dreyfus is about to be released from the asylum after making a complete recovery, but within five minutes of Clouseau’s arriving (to speak to the board on Dreyfus’ behalf), he suffers a variety of injuries and relapses back into murderous insanity. Dreyfus breaks out of the insane asylum and kidnaps a scientist, forcing him to build a disintegrator ray; the device is then used to blackmail the rest of the world into attempting to assassinate Clouseau. Dreyfus appears to disintegrate at the end of Strikes Again; but subsequently, and without any explanation, he is found in the asylum again at the onset of Revenge of the Pink Panther, and he is allowed to return to his position as Chief Inspector when Clouseau is mistakenly declared dead. Herbert Lom famously gave his character a pronounced tic which occurred when he was under particular stress and an accompanying child-like giggle when plotting Clouseau’s murder.
In Son of the Pink Panther, Dreyfus (a Commissioner once again) deals with Clouseau’s equally buffoonish son Jacques Gambrelli. Compared to his treatment of Clouseau, Dreyfus is more tolerant of Gambrelli. At the end of the film, Dreyfus weds Clouseau’s former lover, Maria Gambrelli (Jacques Gambrelli’s mother). At the wedding reception, Dreyfus is shocked to learn that Clouseau and Maria actually conceived twins: Jacques and Jacqueline Gambrelli.
In the 2006 reboot of The Pink Panther, Dreyfus (again as Chief Inspector) uses Clouseau as a decoy while he himself attempts to solve the crimes. Dreyfus merely views Clouseau as an idiot, and never attempts to have him killed; whereas Clouseau attacks his employer at one point, mistaking his identity. Later in the film, Dreyfus is dragged accidentally behind Clouseau’s Smart Car. Dreyfus ends up in the hospital, where Clouseau’s bumbling causes him to fall out of a window. However in the 2009 sequel, Dreyfus plays a much smaller role compared to his role in the previous film. He is also comparatively less hostile towards Clouseau, agreeing to officiate at his wedding in the end.
Dreyfus was played by Herbert Lom in the Blake Edwards films, and by Kevin Kline in the 2006 film. He was played by John Cleese in the 2009 sequel replacing Kline.
- First Appearance: A Shot in the Dark (1964)
- Appearances: All Panther films except the 1963 film, Inspector Clouseau, and the 2006-2009 films.
Cato (spelled «Kato» in A Shot in the Dark) is Clouseau’s house boy, and an expert in martial arts. It is unclear whether he believes Clouseau to be a great detective or whether he merely humors him. It is a running joke that he is instructed to unexpectedly attack Clouseau, to keep Clouseau’s combat skills and vigilance sharp. Unfortunately, Cato takes these instructions far too seriously, repeatedly ambushing Clouseau in his own house, with hilarious results. If they are interrupted during such an attack (as by a telephone call), Cato ceases to project the image of assailant and becomes a well-disciplined valet.
In later films, Cato helps Clouseau on some cases, including one in Hong Kong. Here, Cato wears glasses to be inconspicuous, but ends up running into various objects because of his now-impaired vision.
At first, Cato appears to conform to the Chinese racial stereotype of speaking in «broken English» and grinning; however, Revenge of the Pink Panther reveals him to actually be fluent in English, including nonstandard English. It is suggested that a love-hate relationship exists between the two men, sometimes bordering more on the «hate» side for Cato.
In Revenge, Cato, believing his master to be dead, ran a covert brothel in Clouseau’s apartment. The password used to get into the brothel was » Inspector Clouseau» which caused a humorous scene when the true Inspector Clouseau showed up. Cato opened another brothel in Curse of the Pink Panther, and converted Clouseau’s apartment into a museum featuring all the disguises the inspector had worn over the years.
Cato was played by Burt Kwouk. The role of Cato was offered to Jackie Chan during the relaunch’s development. Ultimately, however, the character was scrapped completely, for fear that the Chinese stereotype was too politically incorrect for modern audiences. Cato was replaced by a new character, Gendarme Gilbert Ponton, played by Jean Reno, assigned by Chief Inspector Dreyfus to watch over Clouseau. In a reversal of the setup with Cato, Clouseau often attacks Ponton unexpectedly; Ponton always wins their fights, as opposed to Cato. The fights featuring Cato were always more destructive and longer than those featuring Ponton.
François, Dreyfus’ assistant, generally observes his boss’s interactions with Clouseau (and subsequent emotional breakdowns) with placid bemusement. André Maranne, a French actor, played François in six Panther films, and in Son of the Pink Panther, he was replaced by Dermot Crowley (as Maranne had died in 1992). He later becomes Clouseau’s assistant. In A Shot in the Dark, Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther he is referred to as Sergeant François Duval whereas in the three sequels of the 1970s, he is Sergeant François Chevalier. In the 2006 reboot, Philip Goodwin plays a similar character named Renard. Goodwin returned as Renard in the 2009 sequel.
Sir Charles Lytton/The Phantom
«The Phantom» is a jewel thief; Clouseau’s archenemy (after Dreyfus) in several of the films; and known to the public as Sir Charles Lytton. He leaves a «calling card» at the scene of every crime: a white glove with a stylized letter «P». He serves as the primary villain of the first film and Clouseau’s main target, but at the end, Lytton, with help from Clouseau’s wife and a corrupt princess, frames Clouseau for his past robberies and has him temporarily sent to prison, igniting Clouseau’s thirst for revenge in the third Sellers/Edwards film, in which the Pink Panther is stolen from a museum in Lugash and Lytton is the main suspect. In the first film he was played by David Niven, and in Return by Christopher Plummer. In later films, an aging and frail Niven made cameo appearances in the role with his voice dubbed by impressionist Rich Little. In these later films, Lytton is supposed to have been married to Clouseau’s ex-wife all along (that is, after the events of the first Pink Panther), even though in Return his wife had clearly been a different character, unacquainted with Clouseau prior to that film’s events. InThe Pink Panther 2, the diamond is stolen by a similar master thief, the Tornado, played by Johnny Hallyday.
Professor Auguste Balls
Professor Auguste Balls is an eccentric shop owner who supplies Clouseau with his numerous disguises. He was portrayed by Graham Stark in Revenge of the Pink Panther and Son of the Pink Panther, while Harvey Korman played him in Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther. Korman was the first actor to portray Balls, however his scenes in The Pink Panther Strikes Again were cut from the final film, only to be reused in Trail of the Pink Panther six years later.
Professor Balls has a wife, Martha (Liz Smith) and an assistant, Cunny (Danny Schiller).
Homages and references to the films
- In an episode of the anime series Lupin the Third, entitled «Black Panther» (American-dub title «My Birthday Pursuit»), master criminal and title character Lupin attempts to steal the Black Panther diamond as a birthday gift for his girlfriend/rival Fujiko. Normally, Lupin has to deal with the interfering Inspector Zenigata, but in this episode, Zenigata is aided by a clearly Clouseau-inspired character, Inspector Conaiseau. Conaiseau is even assisted by a Cato-inspired character, Hageito. Also within the episode, Lupin and Conaiseau both infiltrate a nudist colony, much like Clouseau does in A Shot in the Dark. Also, as a note of interest, the Black Panther diamond, when light shines on it at a certain angle, shows within it a black version of the Pink Panther cartoon character. This «toon» seems to give the diamond a life of its own, as whenever it is unexpectedly dropped, the diamond appears to run off like a loose panther, with the «toon» visible to the audience as it does so.
- In an episode of the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures, entitled «Enter… the Viper», Jackie Chan and his niece Jade must protect the «Pink Puma» diamond from a female jewel thief called Viper.
- In The Simpsons episode «This Little Wiggy», an announcer on Chief Wiggum’s television is heard saying «We now return to The Return of the Pink Panther Returns, starring Ken Wahl as Inspector Clouseau».
- In The Simpsons Season 5 episode «Homer the Vigilante» the Springfield Cat Burglar character is based on the Phantom. When he burgles the Simpsons house the background music is very similar to the Pink Panther music, and he leaves a calling card at the scene of the crime. He steals the world’s largest cubic zirconia from a museum, much like the Phantom stealing the Pink Panther diamond. When he is captured he turns out to be a suave, David Niven-like character.
- In an ad for Apple Computer’s iPhone, Inspector Clouseau is seen briefly answering his telephone.
- Cato appears in the movie Inspector Gadget during the Minions Anonymous meeting.
- In Family Guy episode Breaking Out is Hard to Do there is a chase scene through Asiantown which is a parody of the original chase scene near the end of Revenge of the Pink Panther, using the same music.
- The Team Rocket theme from the Pokémon anime is similar in style and structure to the Pink Panther theme, possibly because of the mischievous nature of Team Rocket’s behavior.
- ORB (Venture Bros. episode) has the character of Billy Quizboy employing the use of a crossbow and greased pad to pull himself across the floor, a reference to The Phantom’s tactic in the museum theft scene in The Pink Panther.
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