A Shot in the Dark (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Shot in the Dark (1964)



Critic Consensus: A Shot in the Dark is often regarded as the best of the Pink Panther sequels, and Peter Sellers gives a top-notch performance that makes slapstick buffoonery memorable.

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In this film, a murdered corpse is found at the chateau of millionaire Benjamin Ballon. Inspector Clouseau is sent to investigate, but chief inspector Charles Dreyfus is loathe to allow the bumbling Sellers near the case. While Dreyfus barely tolerates Clouseau's idiotic antics, Clouseau tends to the case at hand.

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Peter Sellers
as Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer
as Maria Gambrelli
George Sanders
as Benjamin Ballon
Herbert Lom
as Charles Dreyfus
Tracy Reed
as Dominique Ballon
Graham Stark
as Hercule Lajoy
Andre Maranne
as Francois
Douglas Wilmer
as Henri LaFarge
Vanda Godsell
as Mme. Lafarge
David Lodge
as Georges
Reginald Beckwith
as Camp Receptionist
Bryan Forbes
as Charlie
Jack Melford
as Psychoanalyst
Andre Charisse
as Game Warden
Victor Baring
as Taxi Driver
Howard Greene
as Gendarme
Tutte Lemkow
as Kazak Dancer
Fred Hugh
as Balding Customer
Rose Hill
as Soprano
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Critic Reviews for A Shot in the Dark

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

This isn't quite up to the original, but it has its moments.

August 7, 2012 | Full Review…

The original Pink Panther movie, and perhaps even the best. Sellars is, obviously, stellar.

August 7, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sometimes the narrative is subordinated to individual bits of business and running gags but Sellers' skill as a comedian again is demonstrated.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

First of the Pink Panther sequels, establishing Sellers' incompetent Inspector Clouseau as a viable series character, and prompting Blake Edwards into an unchallenging downhill coast for far too long.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Perhaps the series' most effervescent entry.

May 3, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It is mad, but the wonderful dexterity and the air of perpetually buttressed dignity with which Mr. Sellers plays his role make what could quickly be monotonous enjoyable to the end.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Shot in the Dark


Peter Sellers deftly portrays the infamous Inspector Clouseau, long on posturing, short on investigative results, smitten with the beautiful, sexually charged Elke Sommers, the only suspect in two murder cases where she was discovered with the murder weapons in hand both times. Can he possibly clear her name?! There's mucho sneaking around in dark hallways here, accompanied by Henry Mancini's catchy jazzy sneaking around dark hallways theme music, as well as the smiles you expect.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Jacques Clouseau investigates a murder in an upper class Parisian residence, protecting the prime suspect for whom he has a crush. Broad comedy at its best, A Shot in the Dark features Peter Sellers reprising his most famous role. Sellers is great as Clouseau, and many of the physical gags are well choreographed and fun. If nothing else this film proves that the nudity-hiding bits in Austin Powers were thoroughly unoriginal. The film doesn't say anything, but it doesn't try to. Overall, this film is fun to watch, and that's about it.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


A clever, well-made, funny entry into the 'Pink Panther' series, with the bumbling Inspector Clouseau (the legendary Peter Sellers) being called to investigate a murder in Paris, and how he continually finds ways to screw up the case. While occasionally too silly and stupid, this movie for the most part is a hilarious blast, with a Sellers-esque turn that is crowd-pleasing and irrefutably hysterical. It is not as good as 'Pink Panther', but director Blake Edwards finds ways to keep it interesting, especially when the pace threatens to drag down the movie to a screeching halt. If you like an old-school, clean style of humor, look no further than this movie.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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