Sunday, 20 June 2010

The Pink Panther (1963)

Despite some sterling comic work by Peter Sellars and a typically sauve performance by David Niven, this comedy never really raises many laughs worth mentioning until the final 20-minute sequence, set in a fancy dress costume. It's a bit dull and tiresome until then, though Sellars manages to raise a laugh now and then. Capucine is fine as his wife who's really working with (and the lover of) "The Phantom", AKA Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), but Claudia Cardinale is insufferably annoying as Princess Dahla (perhaps her character was actually supposed to be insufferably annoying?!).

Not the best of the series by a long way, probably best to skip the first hour and a half of the 115 minute runtime. Blake Edwards would do better with later Pink Panther movies...

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