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Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom)

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French mobster Philippe Douvier (Robert Webber), suffering from a lack of respect in the crime community, orders the murder of Chief Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers), who has been hailed as a genius. After the assassination attempt, a dead body is found in Clouseau’s car and everyone – including Clouseau’s former superior, Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) – believes Clouseau is dead. Feeling much better, Dreyfus is released from the mental hospital that Clouseau drove him to in the first place. But Clouseau is not dead and goes undercover together with the help of trusty manservant Cato (Burt Kwouk) and gangster’s moll Simone Legree (Dyan Cannon) to discover who tried to kill him.

This was the last Pink Panther film to star Sellers before his untimely death in 1980, and although Blake Edwards went on to make three more Panther films: Trail of the Pink Panther , featuring unseen Sellers footage; Curse of the Pink Panther with Robert Wass; and Son of Pink Panther , featuring Life Is Beautiful ‘s Roberto Benigni; they had no hope of replicating the genius of the original.

production details
USA | 104 minutes | 1978

Director: Blake Edwards
Script: Frank Waldman, Ron Clark, Blake Edwards,

cast
Peter Sellers as Insp. Clousseau
Andrew Sachs as Hercule Poirot
Herbert Lom as Insp. Charles Dreyfus
Burt Kwouk as Cato Fong
Dyan Cannon as Simone Legree
Robert Webber as Philippe Douvier
Tony Beckley as Guy Algo
Robert Loggia as Al Marchione
Paul Stewart as Julio Scallini
André Maranne as Sgt. Chevalier
Graham Stark as Prof. Balls
Alfie Bass as Fernet
Sue Lloyd as Claude Russo
Danny Schiller as Cunny
Margaret Anderson as Police Chief’s Wife
Ed Parker as Mr. Chong (uncredited)
Ferdy Mayne as Dr. Paul Laprone
Irvin Allen as Haig and Haig
Charles Augins as Vic Vancouver
Douglas Wilmer as Police Commissioner