Pink Panther Movies: Facts And Trivia About Inspector Clouseau

By | July 21, 2020

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Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) hides in a trash can in 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again.' Source: Gerry Images / Bettmann / Contributor

Cool and off kilter, the Pink Panther films, starring Peter Sellers, are the perfect films to take the bite out of the spy craze of the 1960s. The films are full of pratfalls and slapstick comedy, but they also manage to be incredibly sexy thanks to some crackerjack casting. Pink Panther movies depend on the comedic chops of Sellers, the English actor who took the business of being funny very seriously. Soundtracked by Henry Mancini, Inspector Jacques Clouseau bumped and bumbled his way through a series of films, with each one growing more outrageous than the last.

The Pink Panther is a diamond, not a character

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Even though the Pink Panther is the namesake of the film series, there’s not actually a character with that name in any of the film. If you’re a fan then you know that, but if you’re just vaguely familiar with the series then you may not be aware that the Pink Panther is a rare jewel that’s the focus of the first film. It’s named as such because of a small imperfection in its center that looks like a little pink panther. Even though the jewel is basically a MacGuffin in the first film, it continues to pop up and drive the action of at least six of the movies in the Pink Panther franchise.