The Return Of The Pink Panther, the third film in the Pink Panther series sees director Blake Edwards reunited with star Peter Sellers after a ten-year gap, with more farcical goings-on in the pursuit of a jewel thief. When the Pink Panther diamond is once again stolen from Lugash and a signature white glove is left behind, the police assume that infamous jewel thief ‘The Phantom’, aka Sir Charles Litton (Christopher Plummer), has struck again. However, Sir Charles is not the guilty party and sets out from his residence in the south of France to clear his name. Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) arrives in France almost simultaneously to check up on Sir Charles and is led on a false trail by Litton’s beautiful wife Claudine (Catherine Schell).
As Clouseau tries to find the diamond he sets off his usual brand of chaos involving several brilliantly-timed set pieces involving swimming pools, vacuum cleaners, false moustaches and of course his trusty oriental manservant Cato (Burt Kwouk). Clouseau’s investigations also have dire effects for his long-suffering superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfuss (Herbert Lom) as he is finally pushed too far by Clouseau’s ineptitude, leading to a murder attempt…
Barry Green of Punch called it “the first film in history to be upstaged by its own credit titles.”
UK / United Artists – Jewel – Mirisch – Geoffrey / 113 minutes / 1974 Filmed in Deluxe Panavision
Writer: Frank Waldman, Blake Edwards / Music: Henry Mancini / Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth / Producer and Director: Blake Edwards
Cast: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Peter Arne, Peter Jeffrey, Gregoire Aslan, David Lodge, Graham Stark, Burt Kwouk