Inspector Clouseau (1968)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Police Comedy, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Jul 19, 1968 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - G
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A truly weird entry in the world of baffling sequels, Inspector Clouseau is an embarrassing stab at the signature humor pioneered by Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards in the first two Pink Panther films. Alan Arkin is admirable for stepping up when Sellers would not, but it's evident in every frame that he just can't pull off the oddball character. The gifted actor's timing just isn't right, with most of the gags falling desperately flat with little help from the direction of Norman Lear's pal, Bud Yorkin. The supporting cast is also sorely lacking, populated by stuffy Brits that come nowhere near to matching Herbert Lom's lunacy as the foil for Clouseau's antics. The best thing to be said about the film would be Ken Thorne's swinging score that giddily propels scenes along that would otherwise be laborious. Cinephiles might want to take note of the entry, but others best stay away and watch A Shot in the Dark again or any numerous '70s entries that brought the coupling of Sellers and Edwards back to the franchise they created.