History Franchise / ThePinkPanther

4th Aug '17 1:29:08 AM Ezclee4050
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* ''Inspector Clouseau'' (1968): Sellers and Edwards opted out of this installment in which Clouseau, now played by Alan Arkin, investigates a bank robbery in England. Lacking any other recurring characters, this one is generally disregarded. However, it was the film in which Clouseau's iconic trenchcoat and hat made their debuts.

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* ''Inspector Clouseau'' (1968): Sellers and Edwards opted out of this installment in which Clouseau, now played by Alan Arkin, investigates a bank robbery in England. Lacking any other recurring characters, this one is generally disregarded. However, it was the film in which Clouseau's iconic trenchcoat and hat made their debuts.
4th Aug '17 1:26:22 AM Ezclee4050
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* ''Inspector Clouseau'' (1968): Sellers and Edwards opted out of this installment in which Clouseau, now played by Alan Arkin, investigates a bank robbery in England. Lacking any other recurring characters, this one is generally disregarded.

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* ''Inspector Clouseau'' (1968): Sellers and Edwards opted out of this installment in which Clouseau, now played by Alan Arkin, investigates a bank robbery in England. Lacking any other recurring characters, this one is generally disregarded. However, it was the film in which Clouseau's iconic trenchcoat and hat made their debuts.
21st Jun '17 5:43:43 AM snichols1973
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* ChekhovsSkill: In the 2006 film, Dreyfus dismisses the fact that the coroner's report mentions Bizu was killed with a perfect shot to the occipital lobe; Yuri learned this while in the Russian army as part of his training and used it to kill Bizu.
18th Jun '17 6:13:19 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Film/{{The Pink Panther|1963}}'' (1963): Sir Charles Lytton is a GentlemanThief who operates under the identity of "The Phantom". Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a French detective who is trying to track him down in Switzerland before he can steal the prized treasure of the kingdom of Lugash, the Pink Panther diamond (a large gem so named because of a pink, panther-shaped flaw), from a visiting princess. Alas, Clouseau is such a fool that he is easily outsmarted by way of the combined forces of the Phantom, his nephew, the princess herself, and the Phantom's key accomplice...Clouseau's own wife. While the thieves were the focus of this film, Clouseau, as played by Creator/PeterSellers, was the character the subsequent films were based around, starting with the DolledUpInstallment...

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* ''Film/{{The Pink Panther|1963}}'' (1963): Sir Charles Lytton is a GentlemanThief who operates under the identity of "The Phantom". Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a French detective who is trying to track him down in Switzerland before he can steal the prized treasure of the kingdom of Lugash, the Pink Panther diamond (a large gem so named because of a pink, panther-shaped flaw), from a visiting princess. Alas, Clouseau is such a fool that he is easily outsmarted by way of the combined forces of the Phantom, his nephew, the princess herself, and the Phantom's key accomplice...Clouseau's own wife. While the thieves were the focus of this film, Clouseau, as played by Creator/PeterSellers, was the character the subsequent films were based around, starting with the DolledUpInstallment...with...
11th May '17 4:47:29 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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In 2006, the franchise was rebooted under the original title ''The Pink Panther'', with Creator/SteveMartin as Clouseau and Creator/JeanReno as a new sidekick, Ponton. Aside from Clouseau, Dreyfus was the only character carried over from the original films (played by Creator/KevinKline in the first, and Creator/JohnCleese in the second). This managed to yield one sequel in 2009. Despite their almost completely negative critical reception, the reboot films are remarkably faithful to the tone and spirit of the original films. (Well, YMMV on that!)

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In 2006, the franchise was rebooted [[ContinuityReboot rebooted]] under the original title ''The Pink Panther'', with Creator/SteveMartin as Clouseau and Creator/JeanReno as a new sidekick, Ponton. Aside from Clouseau, Dreyfus was the only character carried over from the original films (played by Creator/KevinKline in the first, and Creator/JohnCleese in the second). This managed to yield one sequel in 2009. Despite their almost completely negative critical reception, the reboot films are remarkably faithful to the tone and spirit of the original films. (Well, YMMV on that!)
11th Apr '17 10:23:42 AM ngh93
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In 2006, the franchise was rebooted under the original title ''The Pink Panther'', with Creator/SteveMartin as Clouseau and Creator/JeanReno as a new sidekick, Ponton. Aside from Clouseau, Dreyfus was the only character carried over from the original films (played by Kevin Kline in the first, and Creator/JohnCleese in the second). This managed to yield one sequel in 2009. Despite their almost completely negative critical reception, the reboot films are remarkably faithful to the tone and spirit of the original films. (Well, YMMV on that!)

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In 2006, the franchise was rebooted under the original title ''The Pink Panther'', with Creator/SteveMartin as Clouseau and Creator/JeanReno as a new sidekick, Ponton. Aside from Clouseau, Dreyfus was the only character carried over from the original films (played by Kevin Kline Creator/KevinKline in the first, and Creator/JohnCleese in the second). This managed to yield one sequel in 2009. Despite their almost completely negative critical reception, the reboot films are remarkably faithful to the tone and spirit of the original films. (Well, YMMV on that!)
9th Apr '17 9:50:34 AM rafi
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* KarmaHoudini: Lytton and his accomplices; as the trope entry points out, they are ''never'' caught in any of their appearances. [[spoiler: Clouseau and Chandra are almost this at the end of ''Curse'' - they aren't found out by Sleigh, but Lytton's wife steals the diamond from them!]]
*** ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'' takes it up to eleven, Dreyfus disintegrates the UN building, attempted to destroy England, yet two movies later, ''Trail'', he is Commissioner again and no one talks about it (this is either a PlotHole or just NegativeContinuity).

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Lytton and his accomplices; as the trope entry points out, they are ''never'' caught in any of their appearances. [[spoiler: Clouseau and Chandra are almost this at the end of ''Curse'' - they aren't found out by Sleigh, but Lytton's wife steals the diamond from them!]]
*** ** ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'' takes it up to eleven, eleven. Dreyfus disintegrates the UN building, attempted to destroy England, yet two movies later, ''Trail'', he is Commissioner again and no one talks about it (this is either a PlotHole or just NegativeContinuity).



* Creator/PeterSellers
19th Mar '17 5:54:21 PM snichols1973
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-->'''Clouseau''': [[SarcasmFailure You have a second man named Clouseau?]]

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-->'''Clouseau''': [[SarcasmFailure [[SarcasmBlind You have a second man named Clouseau?]]
17th Mar '17 9:04:56 PM jamespolk
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* NoMoreForMe: The random drunk guy on the side of the road in the first movie, who, after seeing the Phantoms, Clouseau and the police keep going back and forth in ridiculous costumes, just gets a chair to sit down to watch.
17th Mar '17 8:56:33 PM jamespolk
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''Revenge'' was unfortunately Peter Sellers' last performance as Clouseau, as he died in 1980. Edwards decided to continue the series with new lead characters.

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\n* ''Romance of the Pink Panther'': Never made, due to AuthorExistenceFailure. Peter Sellers died in 1980 exactly eight days after finishing the script. Nowadays one can find said script floating aroung the internet.

''Revenge'' was unfortunately Peter Sellers' last performance as Clouseau, as he died in 1980.Clouseau due to his untimely death. Edwards decided to continue the series with new lead characters.



* ArtisticLicenseLaw: At the end of the first film, Sir Charles says that even though [[spoiler:Clouseau]] has been falsely convicted of being the Phantom, he'll be set free again the next time the Phantom strikes. In reality, unless Sir Charles was caught during his next robbery and confessed to having framed [[spoiler:Clouseau]], nothing of the sort would happen. The police would almost certainly assume that either he had an accomplice who they failed to catch, or that the new theft was the work of a copycat. Either way, [[spoiler:Clouseau]] would still be sitting in jail.
* TheBadGuyWins:
** No so much a case of "wins" as "ends up better off than the good guy," but at the climax of the first film, Sir Charles Litton successfully frames [[spoiler:Clouseau]] for the diamond theft, and steals his wife to boot.
** On the other hand, [[spoiler:Clouseau]] ends up in police protection, chased by a mob of women convinced he is the sexiest jewel thief in the world. When a policeman asks him how "he" pulled off all those robberies, he glances back at the women and says thoughtfully, "Well, you know, it wasn't easy."
** Then in ''Curse'' we have a case of "The Bad ''Girls'' Win," as Chandra [[spoiler:turns Clouseau to the dark side and gets him to become her consort]], and then [[spoiler:Lady Litton (Clouseau's ex-wife) steals the Pink Panther diamond, and this time the Littons apparently hang on to it permanently]].
* BedroomAdulteryScene: Used in the first film.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: At the end of the first film, Sir Charles says that even though [[spoiler:Clouseau]] has been falsely convicted of being the Phantom, he'll be set free again the next time the Phantom strikes. TheBadGuyWins: In reality, unless Sir Charles was caught during his next robbery and confessed to having framed [[spoiler:Clouseau]], nothing of the sort would happen. The police would almost certainly assume that either he had an accomplice who they failed to catch, or that the new theft was the work of a copycat. Either way, [[spoiler:Clouseau]] would still be sitting in jail.
* TheBadGuyWins:
** No so much a case of "wins" as "ends up better off than the good guy," but at the climax of the first film, Sir Charles Litton successfully frames [[spoiler:Clouseau]] for the diamond theft, and steals his wife to boot.
** On the other hand, [[spoiler:Clouseau]] ends up in police protection, chased by a mob of women convinced he is the sexiest jewel thief in the world. When a policeman asks him how "he" pulled off all those robberies, he glances back at the women and says thoughtfully, "Well, you know, it wasn't easy."
** Then in
''Curse'' we have a case of "The Bad ''Girls'' Win," as Chandra [[spoiler:turns Clouseau to the dark side and gets him to become her consort]], and then [[spoiler:Lady Litton (Clouseau's ex-wife) steals the Pink Panther diamond, and this time the Littons apparently hang on to it permanently]].
* BedroomAdulteryScene: Used in the first film.
permanently]].



* BigBadDuumvirate: Sir Charles and Simone in the first film, with George as more of a secondary villain than a [[TheDragon dragon.]] It's pretty downplayed -- they are both so [[AffablyEvil affably evil]] and both seem to genuinely like Clouseau in later films.



* CallingCard: The Phantom's monogrammed glove.



* ChaseScene: The original film features a lengthy car-chase.



* ClassyCatBurglar: [[spoiler: Claudine in ''Return'' and Simone in ''Curse''.]] The unmade ''Romance of the Pink Panther'' had one of these as the film's antagonist, and would have ended with [[spoiler: Clouseau making a Face Heel Turn out of love for her]].

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* ClassyCatBurglar: [[spoiler: Claudine in ''Return'' and Simone in ''Curse''.]] The unmade ''Romance of the Pink Panther'' had one of these as the film's antagonist, and would have ended with [[spoiler: Clouseau making a Face Heel Turn FaceHeelTurn out of love for her]].



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** About 3/4th of ''The Pink Panther'' is everyone trying to sleep with everyone with a somewhat goofy Frenchman mentioning a jewel thief. It even extends to the title sequence, with the animated Pink Panther being a ScrewySquirrel who keeps interfering with the film's credits, and the Inspector only briefly appearing over Peter Sellers's credit.
** In ''A Shot in the Dark'', Cato only wears his signature black outfit the first time we see him, and has a bunch of other outfits he wears throughout the film. In all the films that follow he sticks to his black outfit, outside of the odd disguise in ''Revenge''.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** About 3/4th of ''The Pink Panther'' is everyone trying to sleep with everyone with a somewhat goofy Frenchman mentioning a jewel thief. It even extends to the title sequence, with the animated Pink Panther being a ScrewySquirrel who keeps interfering with the film's credits, and the Inspector only briefly appearing over Peter Sellers's credit.
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EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In ''A Shot in the Dark'', Cato only wears his signature black outfit the first time we see him, and has a bunch of other outfits he wears throughout the film. In all the films that follow he sticks to his black outfit, outside of the odd disguise in ''Revenge''.



** Any time you can't clearly see Clouseau's face in any of the three 70s sequels, odds are he's being played by Peter Sellers' stunt double, Joe Dunne.

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** Any time you can't clearly see Clouseau's face in any of the three 70s sequels, odds are he's being played by Peter Sellers' stunt double, Joe Dunne. Peter Sellers' health was rapidly declining in these years from the heart disease that eventually killed him in 1980.



* GenreSavvy: The guy at the climax of the original film trying to cross the street who keeps getting cut off by the criss-crossing ChaseScene participants; he finally gets a chair, sits down and waits for the inevitable multi-car pileup.
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