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Trailers from Hell Does 'The Pink Panther'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 28, 2014 at 11:14AM

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland takes on the first of the seven "Pink Panther" films, from 1964, starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.
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Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers

Today on Trailers from Hell, Dan Ireland takes on the first of the seven "Pink Panther" films, from 1964, starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau.

A chameleon by nature, Peter Sellers had been turning in inspired comic performances since the early fifties - but it took the role of the habitually hapless Inspector Clouseau (originally intended for Peter Ustinov) in this first of seven "Pink Panther" comedies to catapult him to superstar status. Though director Blake Edwards' screenplay placed the bumbling detective at the center of a comic ensemble that included David Niven (who signed on expecting his role to be the lead), Capucine and Robert Wagner, Sellers would have free reign over the film's even funnier sequel, "A Shot in the Dark." Henry Mancini contributed the ultra-lounge score along with the  memorable theme song. A lamentable animated cartoon series helped kill off theatrical cartoons.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.