The Explosive Review – The Pink Panther (1963)

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The young Princess Dala receives a gift from her father, the Shah of Lugash, the world’s largest diamond that has an unusual flaw: the discoloration of a leaping pink panther can be perceived when looking deeply into the stone. Years later, the Princess has grown up into a young woman; meanwhile, rebels of Lugash seize power and the Pink Panther diamond is on their list of high demands, however, Princess Dala will stop at nothing to hand it over. She leaves on a getaway holiday at Cortina d’Ampezzo, an exclusive skiing resort. Also vacationing there is Sir Charles Lytton, a British playboy living a secret life as ‘The Phantom’, a jewel thief who is also after the Pink Panther diamond. Yet at the same time, Lytton’s American playboy nephew, George, accompanies him to the resort as well in an attempt to also snag the pink jewel and blame it on the Phantom, but George doesn’t realize that his uncle is actually the Phantom himself.

Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the French Police has made capturing the Phantom his life’s work. He comes close to stopping the theft attempts but his clueless and clumsy habits cause him to pay attention to everything but the right place. Also oblivious to him is the fact that his wife, Simone, is helping Charles commit his crimes.

This first film does not feature Clouseau’s servant Cato (Burt Kwouk) and his boss Commissioner Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) who can’t stand him, and it is the only film not to feature them. Their presence is very much missed here, that is if you watched the others before this one, however, looking back, this film would have been a lot more lively if they had been included here. http://explosive.today.com/2009/02/28/the-pink-panther-1963-12/

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