Firstly Ted Wass is good in the role of Clifton Sleigh, perhaps it is the fact that the character is too bumbling in the wrong direction that it doesn't work out. Along the way he crosses swords with various characters from earlier Pink Panther films, before it is finally revealed to the audience though not to Clifton Sleigh what actually became of the hapless Inspector Clouseau. As it happens, Moore was best man at Forbes' wedding. Sleigh travels to France and follows a trail of clues hither and thither, accidentally surviving numerous attempts on his life and getting into all manner of wacky situations as he closes in on the truth. Langois attempts many assassinations on Sleigh, but Sleigh's bumbling nature allows him to evade the attacks, and ultimately, Langois, along with his henchmen including from , have a final showdown with Sleigh, although a mysterious young woman smitten with Sleigh comes to his rescue and manages to defeat Langlois by giving him the Family Jewels and the thugs in combat. After this, Edwards gave up on the series until, in 1993, he belatedly added one final flick entitled The Son Of The Pink Panther. There are no words to describe how bad this film is.
Almost makes you wonder if the idea was ever there to carry on the series with him. In addition to David Niven, others from the original films appear in this sixth part of the series: Herbert Lom, Capucine, Robert Wagner, and Burt Kwouk. This is an unfortunate film that was, unfortunately, made. There are a few compensations amid the general air of indifference. This turns out to be Sergeant , an officer of the who are glad to get rid of him for a while. However, Dreyfuss has no intention of helping in the hunt for Clouseau you may remember from earlier films that Clouseau drove Dreyfuss to the brink of insanity. The stars of the show are again Herbert Lom and Joanna Lumley, and the sexy Leslie Ash in a Bond girl like role.
Sleigh concludes, wrongly, that Clouseau stole the Pink Panther diamond, underwent plastic surgery, was made to look like Rossi and was then killed for the diamond. Though uncredited, late Peter Sellers can still be heard in various scenes through archival sound. In this slapdash as well as disconcerting comedy , Wass attempts to investigate whether or no Clouseau is living somewhere. Moore's cameo appearance at the end is indeed funny, but personally I've always known than Moore has a great comic flair. The movie was simultaneously filmed along with ¨Trail to the Pink Panther¨ where equally the protagonist Joanna Lumley is looking for Inspector Clouseau. These include the inspector's former manservant Cato who had given up trying to defeat Sleigh the first time and let him go to find the missing Inspector ; Dreyfus, who attempts to kill Sleigh like he tried to kill Clouseau; and , the mafia boss. Is this any way to welcome the World's Greatest Detective? Not that this matters much.
Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin. Eventually the trail leads Sleigh to a run by Countess Chandra. As it transpires, the Pink Panther was stolen by Gino Rossi who bore a little physical resemblance to Clouseau. Whereas the previous film, made use of unused footage of Sellers as , Curse attempted to relaunch the series with a new lead, , as Sergeant. Actors considered for the role of Clifton Sleigh included John Ritter, John Cleese, Dudley Moore and Rowan Atkinson ; in the end , the part went to Ted Wass. David Niven, Capucine and Robert Wagner had been the stars of the original film.
Sadly this was David Niven's last film, and he deserved a better swan-song, he is a good actor but he looks uninterested and bored. Especially confusing was Joanna Lumley's appearance as Countess Chandra - a totally different character to the one she'd played in 'Trail'. Synopsis Inspector Clouseau disappears, and the Surete wants the world's second best detective to look for him. The overall Plot is actually kind of clever, and keeps you wondering how it can possibly unfold knowing that Sellers character is not available. Dreyfuss Herbert Lom is assigned to use a super-computer to track down the world's greatest detective. The film was one of two produced concurrently following the death of the series' star,.
But money talks and in 1981 we got the dire 'Trail Of The Pink Panther'. The actors seem to enjoy immensely themselves but they are supposedly spending some amusing holidays in Riveira , Mallorca, Valencia. Curse of the Pink Panther is a comedy film, the eighth installment of the series of films started by in the early 1960s. When Peter Sellers died, you'd have thought they'd have let the 'Pink Panther' series die with him. He even gets to interplay with Herbert Lom and Burt Kwouk, veterans of the series. Note that it's the last David Niven film. Box Office Curse of the Pink Panther was a critical and box office failure, with the general consensus that attempting to continue the Pink Panther series without Sellers was foolhardy.
Sir Charles Litton is the notorious jewel thief known as the Phantom, though only Clouseau was convinced of this. . Curse of the Pink Panther had been the original working title for what became , made five years previously. Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin. Sleigh obtusely bungles his way past assassins and corrupt officials as though he were Clouseau's American cousin. As I watched this movie, I asked myself if Blake Edwards could watch it and laugh out loud during the whole thing, or if he got as bored and tired with it as I did. Sleigh also meets Sir who is married to Clouseau's former wife and accompanied by his nephew.
I know some people won't like this movie, but I found it entertaining nonetheless. The original tagline on posters was 'He's been bombed, blasted and plugged in the parachute. As he sets about his inquiry, Sleigh becomes the target of many people who would rather he did not find Clouseau. However, it's not the same. Sleigh interviews Sir Charles Litton. Countess Chandra tells Sleigh that Clouseau visited her claiming to be Gino Rossi and asking for a good plastic surgeon.
He was very ill and died before its release. Edwards suggested for the role, but the studio rejected the choice as he was unknown outside of Britain at the time. Anxious to end the matter and be rid of Sleigh, Dreyfus announces that this is indeed the case and that the deceased Rossi was Clouseau though it is clear that Dreyfus does not believe that this is what happened. There's a tinge of sadness associated with Curse of the Pink Panther. Curse of the Pink Panther is not the worst of the series for me, Trail and Son are much worse being shameless messes. Roger Moore's scenes were shot during a break from shooting.