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Encyclopedia > Curse of the Pink Panther
Curse of the Pink Panther
Directed by Blake Edwards
Produced by Blake Edwards
Written by Blake Edwards
Geoffrey Edwards
Starring Ted Wass
Herbert Lom
David Niven
Robert Wagner
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Dick Bush
Editing by Robert Hathaway
Ralph E. Winters
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
Release date(s) December 12, 1983
Running time 109 min.
Language English
Preceded by Trail of the Pink Panther
Followed by Son of the Pink Panther
IMDb profile

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The film was one of two produced concurrently following the death of the series' star, Peter Sellers. Whereas the previous film, Trail of the Pink Panther made use of unused footage of Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, Curse attempted to relaunch the series with a new lead, Ted Wass, as Det. Clifton Sleigh, an equally incompetent police officer assigned to find the missing Inspector Clouseau. Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... Trail of the Pink Panther was a 1982 movie starring Peter Sellers. ... Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a bumbling fictional French detective who was a character in the Blake Edwardss Pink Panther series. ... Ted Wass (born on October 27, 1952 in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American actor and director. ...


Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau, hailed as France's greatest detective, has disappeared and no trace can be found of him. Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is under pressure to set up a thorough inquiry. What the world at large does not realise is that Clouseau was a clumsy, bungling idiot whose cases were solved more through luck than actual detective work. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Herbert Lom [Czech IPA: ] is an international film actor. ...


Since Clouseau's clumsiness drove him to a series of nervous breakdowns, Dreyfus in particular is desperate not to see or hear from him ever again. He is told to use the Interpol computer to find the world's greatest detective, but instead sabotages the machine to select the worse. This turns out to be Sergeant Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass), an officer of the NYPD who are glad to get rid of him for a while. Interpol, or International Criminal Police Organization, was established as The International Criminal Police Commission in 1923 to assist international criminal police cooperation. ... Ted Wass (born on October 27, 1952 in Lakewood, Ohio) is an American actor and director. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ...


Sleigh, who is descended from a long line of cops, sees this as an opportunity to prove his worth. Dreyfus and his long-suffering assistant Sergeant Francois (André Maranne) soon find that the plan has worked a bit too well: Sleigh is just as bad as Clouseau. André Maranne is an Anglo-French actor prominent in the 1970s. ...


As he sets about his inquiry, Sleigh becomes the target of many people who would rather he did not find Clouseau. These include the inspector's former manservant Cato (Burt Kwouk); Dreyfus, who attempts to kill Sleigh like he tried to kill Clouseau; and members of organised crime. Burt Kwouk (Chinese: 郭弼; pinyin: Guō Bì) (born July 18, 1930) is an actor who was born in Manchester, England. ...


He also meets Sir Charles Litton (David Niven) who is married to Clouseau's former wife Simone (Capucine) and accompanied by his nephew George (Robert Wagner) (the three stars of the original Pink Panther film). Sir Charles Litton is the notorious jewel thief known as the Phantom, though only Clouseau was convinced of this. The Phantom would steal items of jewelry and leave behind a white glove. David Niven (March 1, 1910 – July 29, 1983) was an Academy Award-winning British actor. ... Capucine (6 January 1931 – 17 March 1990) was a French actress. ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ... The Pink Panther, directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, is a 1963 comedy film, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, and Robert Wagner. ...


Eventually the trail leads Sleigh to a health spa run by Countess Chandra (Joanna Lumley). There he meets a famous British film star (Roger Moore), who speaks with a rather odd French accent and falls about all over the place. Countess Chandra tells Sleigh that Clouseau visited her claiming to be Gino Rossi and asking for a good plastic surgeon. Spaland ... Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as Sapphire & Steel. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ...


Sleigh concludes, wrongly, that Clouseau stole the Pink Panther diamond (though it's hardly likely that an idiot like him could do such a professional job), underwent plastic surgery, was made to look like Rossi and was then killed for the diamond. Anxious to end the matter and be rid of Sleigh, Dreyfus announces that this is indeed the case and that the deceased Rossi was Clouseau (though it is clear that Dreyfus does not believe that this is what really happened).


(What really happened is that the Pink Panther was stolen by Gino Rossi (Christopher Reich) who bore a little physical resemblance to Clouseau. Rossi then tried to sell the diamond to Countess Chandra who instead killed him (shown in the pre-credits sequence). His body was later found on a beach. The film star that Sleigh met was in fact Clouseau who had undergone very extensive plastic surgery and become Countess Chandra's lover. But when they go to admire the Pink Panther it is to find that it has been taken from its safe and replaced by a white glove. "Swine Phantom!" mutters Clouseau.) Plastic surgery is a specialty that uses surgical techniques to change the appearance and function of patients bodies. ... A typical home safe. ...


Meanwhile Sir Charles, Simone and George sail away on board the Litton yacht, along with the Pink Panther.


Trivia

  • The film was shot at the same time as Trail of the Pink Panther.
  • This was David Niven's final film performance and, due to his failing health, his voice was dubbed by impressionist Rich Little. Critics have lamented the fact that such a distinguished actor as Niven would have to go out in such a dismal film as this one.
  • Roger Moore's scenes were shot during a break from shooting Octopussy.
  • Moore is credited as "Turk Thrust II" in this film, a nod to actor Bryan Forbes who used the pseudonym "Turk Thrust" in the 1964 Clouseau film, A Shot in the Dark, as a member of the nudist camp. As it happens, Moore was best man at Forbes' wedding.
  • Joanna Lumley was a TV investigative reporter in Trail of the Pink Panther. Here she is recast as the aristocratic owner of a health spa.
  • Dudley Moore was Blake Edwards original choice for the role of Det. Clifton Sleigh, but Moore turned it down not wishing to commit to a series following the success of "Arthur." Edwards suggested Rowan Atkinson for the role, but the studio rejected the choice as he was unknown outside of Britain at the time.
  • A new arrangement for The Pink Panther Theme Tune with heavy synthesizers is present, to align the theme with 80's music trends.
  • The original tagline on posters was 'He's been bombed, blasted and plugged in the parachute... Is this any way to welcome the World's Greatest Detective?'
  • Curse of the Pink Panther was the original working title for what became Revenge of the Pink Panther, five years prior to the release of this film.

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Impact

Joanna Lumley and Roger Moore face the Curse of the Pink Panther -- "Swine Phantom!"
Joanna Lumley and Roger Moore face the Curse of the Pink Panther -- "Swine Phantom!"

Curse of the Pink Panther was a critical box office failure, with the general consensus that attempting to continue the Pink Panther series without Sellers was foolhardy. If IMDB comments are anything to go by, the only positive aspect of the film was Moore's cameo which makes quite a contrast to his usual part of suave and sophisticated hero. Falling about, mixing up his words and wearing an ice bucket for most of his scenes, Moore displays a previously unshown talent for comedy. Image File history File links Joanna_Lumley_and_Roger_Moore_in_the_Curse_of_the_Pink_Panther. ... Image File history File links Joanna_Lumley_and_Roger_Moore_in_the_Curse_of_the_Pink_Panther. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ...


Further films were cancelled, although another unsuccessful attempt at reviving the series occurred 10 years later with Son of the Pink Panther, starring Roberto Benigni as Clouseau's illegitimate son. Another, commercially successful, attempt was made in 2006 with Steve Martin as Clouseau, though his film is considered a rebooting of the franchise rather than a continuation. Son of the Pink Panther (1993) was the ninth entry in the 30-year-old Pink Panther film series. ... Roberto Benigni as Johnny Stecchino Roberto Benigni (born October 27, 1952) is an Oscar-winning Italian film and television actor and director. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, musician and composer. ... Reboot, in series fiction, means to discard all previous continuity in the series and start anew. ...

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The Pink Panther The Pink Panther (1963) | A Shot in the Dark (1964) | The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) | The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) | Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) | Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) | Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) | Son of the Pink Panther (1993) | The Pink Panther Show (1964)
1950s Bring Your Smile Along | He Laughed Last | Mister Cory | This Happy Feeling | The Perfect Furlough | Operation Petticoat
1960s High Time | Breakfast at Tiffany's | Experiment in Terror | Days of Wine and Roses | The Great Race | What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? | Gunn | The Party
1970s Darling Lili | Wild Rovers | The Carey Treatment | The Tamarind Seed | 10
1980s S.O.B. | Victor/Victoria | The Man Who Loved Women | Micki + Maude | A Fine Mess | That's Life! | Blind Date | Sunset | Skin Deep
1990s Switch
Productions Panhandle (1948) | Soldier in the Rain (1963)
Television Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956) | Peter Gunn (1958–1961) | Mr. Lucky (1959–1960) | The Dick Powell Show (1961–1963) | Justin Case (1988) | Peter Gunn (1989) | Julie (1992) | Victor/Victoria (1995)


This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Pink Panther, directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, is a 1963 comedy film, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, and Robert Wagner. ... For other uses, see Shot in the Dark (disambiguation) A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second installment (and considered by many to be the best) in the Pink Panther series. ... The Return of the Pink Panther is the fourth film in the Pink Panther series, released in North America by United Artists and in Europe by ITC Entertainment in 1975. ... The Pink Panther Strikes Again is the fifth film in the Pink Panther series (although only the third to include the words Pink Panther in its title, despite the fact that the story does not involve the Pink Panther diamond of the previous films) and continues the story after the... Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) is the sixth film in the Pink Panther film series and last with Peter Sellers, though a later film in the series (Trail of the Pink Panther) used Sellers footage compiled from previous Panther movies. ... Trail of the Pink Panther was a 1982 movie starring Peter Sellers. ... Son of the Pink Panther (1993) was the ninth entry in the 30-year-old Pink Panther film series. ... The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of United Artists animated cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s. ... Bring Your Smile Along is a 1955 film by Blake Edwards. ... He Laughed Last is a 1956 film by Blake Edwards. ... Mister Cory is a 1957 film by Blake Edwards. ... This Happy Feeling is a 1958 film by Blake Edwards. ... The Perfect Furlough is a 1958 film by Blake Edwards. ... Movie theatre lobby poster Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedic film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, and Dina Merrill, later adapted for television in 1977. ... High Time is a 1960 Comedy/Musical film, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bing Crosby. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Experiment in Terror is a 1962 film by Blake Edwards. ... Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film. ... Cover of the 2004 DVD release of The Great Race The Great Race is a 1965 semi-comical, semi-dramatic film directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, with music by Henry Mancini and cinematography by Russell Harlan. ... What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? is a 1966 film by Blake Edwards. ... Gunn is a 1967 film by Blake Edwards. ... The Party (alternative title: Hollywood Party) is a 1968 comedy directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers (in what was his only non-Pink Panther collaboration with Edwards) and Claudine Longet. ... Darling Lili is a 1970 film by Blake Edwards. ... Wild Rovers is a 1971 film by Blake Edwards. ... The Carey Treatment is a 1972 film by Blake Edwards. ... the tamarind seed ... 10 is a 1979 film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bo Derek, Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews. ... S.O.B. is a 1981 film written and directed by Blake Edwards starring Richard Mulligan and Julie Andrews. ... Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film. ... The Man Who Loved Women is a 1983 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews and Kim Basinger. ... Micki + Maude (1984) is a comedy film starring Dudley Moores as Rob Salinger, an overworked television reporter. ... A Fine Mess is a 1986 film by Blake Edwards. ... Thats Life! is a 1986 film by Blake Edwards. ... Blind Date is a 1987 comedy/romance film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Kim Basinger and Bruce Willis. ... This article is about Sunset, a 1988 action film starring Bruce Willis. ... Skin Deep is a 1989 film written and directed by Blake Edwards. ... Switch is a 1991 film by Blake Edwards. ... Panhandle is a 1948 film by Lesley Selander. ... Soldier in the Rain is a 1963 poignant drama about an overweight Army sergeant (Jackie Gleason) and a country bumpkin private (Steve McQueen in an extremely uncharacteristic and animated comedic performance as a pre-Gomer Pyle country bumpkin). ... Four Star Playhouse is a television show that ran from 1952 - 1956. ... Peter Gunn was an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC television networks from 1958 to 1961. ... Mr. ... The Dick Powell Show is a television show that ran from 1961 - 1963. ... Justin Case is a telemovie by Blake Edwards. ... Peter Gunn is a telemovie by Blake Edwards. ... Julie is a television show that ran from 1992 Category: ... Victor/Victoria is a telemovie by Blake Edwards. ...

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The Pink Panther | A Shot in the Dark | Inspector Clouseau
Return of the Pink Panther | The Pink Panther Strikes Again | Revenge of the Pink Panther
Romance of the Pink Panther | Trail of the Pink Panther | Curse of the Pink Panther
Son of the Pink Panther | The Pink Panther (2006) | The Pink Panther 2 (2008)
The Pink Panther cartoon character | The Pink Panther Show | Pink Panther and Sons | The Inspector

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Blockbuster Online - Curse of the Pink Panther (343 words)
Curse of the Pink Panther was released just after Trail of the Pink Panther with a script that has someone looking for the inept Inspector Clousseau and the fabulous stolen Pink Panther diamond at the same time.
In Curse, Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass) is a New York retread of the bumbling Inspector, chosen to look for him by Clousseau's former boss because Sleigh most certainly will never find him.
In a bizarre side note, David Niven was himself terminally ill at the time of his appearance in Trail of the Pink Panther and unable to speak adequately.
David Niven - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (964 words)
On his return to Hollywood after the war he was made a Legionnaire of the Order of Merit (the highest American order that can be earned by a foreigner).
He had just completed work on Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther.
Niven was incomprehensible at one point during the filming of both movies, and his voice was dubbed over in post-production by impressionist Rich Little.
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