A SHOT IN THE DARK
1964, MGM Repertory, 99 min, Dir: Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards’ follow-up to THE PINK PANTHER is a non-stop barrage of pratfalls, sight gags and linguistic nonsense, courtesy of Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). Everything seems freshly minted, from Herbert Lom’s hysterics as Chief Inspector Dreyfus to Burt Kwouk’s first appearance as Cato.


THE PINK PANTHER
1964, Park Circus/MGM, 113 min, Dir: Blake Edwards

Writer-director Blake Edwards introduced Peter Sellers’ absolutely clueless Inspector Jacques Clouseau with this comedy about a British jewel thief and playboy (David Niven) on a ski holiday with nephew Robert Wagner, mistress Capucine, exotic princess Claudia Cardinale and a priceless diamond in tow.


LOLITA
1962, Warner Bros., 152 min, Dir: Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s hilariously bleak and twisted portrait of sexual obsession (based on Vladimir Nabokov’s infamous novel) stars James Mason as ultra-fussy college professor Humbert Humbert, whose life is upended when he sets eyes on Sue Lyon’s blasé blond teen nymphet. Watch for Peter Sellers’ scene-stealing performance as Humbert’s nemesis.


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