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30th May '16 12:59:06 AM Faberlich
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* ''A Shot in the Dark'' (1964): Clouseau, now single, is called to the aristocratic Ballon household to solve a murder. His judgment is immediately clouded by his infatuation with the prime suspect, Maria Gambrelli, even as more murders pile up around her. His bungling drives his boss, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), to homicidal madness. In the meantime, we also meet Cato Fong (Burt Kwouk), Clouseau's Chinese manservant who - on Clouseau's orders - keeps springing surprise martial arts attacks on him.

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* ''A Shot in the Dark'' ''Film/AShotInTheDark'' (1964): Clouseau, now single, is called to the aristocratic Ballon household to solve a murder. His judgment is immediately clouded by his infatuation with the prime suspect, Maria Gambrelli, even as more murders pile up around her. His bungling drives his boss, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), to homicidal madness. In the meantime, we also meet Cato Fong (Burt Kwouk), Clouseau's Chinese manservant who - on Clouseau's orders - keeps springing surprise martial arts attacks on him.



* ''The Return of the Pink Panther'' (1975): The Pink Panther is stolen from a Lugash museum, and Clouseau is called upon to seek it out once more. The evidence suggests the Phantom is responsible, but in fact Sir Charles Lytton has been framed. The film follows the parallel plots of Clouseau trailing Lytton's wife to Switzerland and Lytton's journey to Lugash to try and find out who actually did it. Dreyfus' attempts to kill Clouseau lands him in an institution at the end, leading directly into...
* ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'' (1976): Three years later (though the film was only made one year after), Dreyfus is seemingly cured, but having to meet up with Clouseau before he can be released, the therapy is undone. Dreyfus escapes and organizes a criminal gang that kidnaps an inventor and his daughter. Forcing the former to build a DisintegratorRay, Dreyfus threatens to unleash it on the world unless Clouseau is killed, and many countries immediately send assassins after Clouseau as he sets out to stop Dreyfus himself.
* ''Revenge of the Pink Panther'' (1978): Clouseau is now so famous that the head of the French mob, to prove his mettle to the American Mafia, puts out a hit on him - three actually, as Clouseau's luck saves him from death each time. The thing is, the third time ''appears'' to have been the charm to everyone else, leaving Clouseau to go undercover with Cato to figure out who wanted him dead. Oh, and Dreyfus is "cured" by the news of Clouseau's death, and set free again.

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* ''The Return of the Pink Panther'' ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'' (1975): The Pink Panther is stolen from a Lugash museum, and Clouseau is called upon to seek it out once more. The evidence suggests the Phantom is responsible, but in fact Sir Charles Lytton has been framed. The film follows the parallel plots of Clouseau trailing Lytton's wife to Switzerland and Lytton's journey to Lugash to try and find out who actually did it. Dreyfus' attempts to kill Clouseau lands him in an institution at the end, leading directly into...
* ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'' ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'' (1976): Three years later (though the film was only made one year after), Dreyfus is seemingly cured, but having to meet up with Clouseau before he can be released, the therapy is undone. Dreyfus escapes and organizes a criminal gang that kidnaps an inventor and his daughter. Forcing the former to build a DisintegratorRay, Dreyfus threatens to unleash it on the world unless Clouseau is killed, and many countries immediately send assassins after Clouseau as he sets out to stop Dreyfus himself.
* ''Revenge of the Pink Panther'' ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'' (1978): Clouseau is now so famous that the head of the French mob, to prove his mettle to the American Mafia, puts out a hit on him - three actually, as Clouseau's luck saves him from death each time. The thing is, the third time ''appears'' to have been the charm to everyone else, leaving Clouseau to go undercover with Cato to figure out who wanted him dead. Oh, and Dreyfus is "cured" by the news of Clouseau's death, and set free again.



* AndAnotherThing / DoorFocus: The basis of a particularly funny gag in ''A Shot in the Dark'', using the latter to spoof the former.

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* AndAnotherThing / DoorFocus: The basis of a particularly funny gag in ''A Shot in the Dark'', using the latter to spoof the former.



* ArcWords: In ''Revenge'', Clouseau's repeated use of "the old...ploy."



* ArmedLegs: One of the killers in ''Strikes Again'' uses a shoe knife.



* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** In Strikes Again, Dreyfus ''may'' have reflected the doomsday LASER off of a satellite, because otherwise, the LASER beam fired from Germany would have to be pointed through the earth to reach the United Nations Building in New York City. This issue is never explained in the film, but this is a comedy after all. Targeting the LASER on England ''may'' be more plausible.
* AsideGlance: In ''Shot'', Clouseau gives the camera a hapless stare when his final attempt at unmasking the murderer dissolves into a verbal melee between all the suspects.



* BadGuysPlayPool: Ballon, who is [[spoiler:one of four murderers]] in the case Clouseau is trying to solve in ''Shot'', plays the game with him. During the game, Clouseau accuses him of being the murderer -- [[spoiler: which, ''at the time'', he wasn't]].
* {{Balloonacy}}: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', Clouseau is floated out of his apartment window by the inflatable hump in his hunchback costume, thereby causing him to miss the bomb Dreyfus sets off.
* BathroomBreakOut: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', Dreyfus orchestrates the escape of a prisoner being transported by train. He goes to the bathroom, then climbs out through the ventilator on to the roof of the train and into a waiting helicopter.



* BigBadDuumvirate:
** Sir Charles and Simone in the first film, with George as more of a secondary villain than a [[TheDragon dragon.]] Kind of a subversion -- they are both so [[AffablyEvil affably evil]] and both seem to genuinely like Clouseau in later films.
** Sir Charles and Lady Claudine would be this in ''Return Of The Pink Panther'', if it wasn't for the fact that [[spoiler: Sir Charles is innocent and Claudine stole the jewel by herself, not to frame him but for a bit of harmless fun]].

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* BigBadDuumvirate:
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BigBadDuumvirate: Sir Charles and Simone in the first film, with George as more of a secondary villain than a [[TheDragon dragon.]] Kind of a subversion -- they are both so [[AffablyEvil affably evil]] and both seem to genuinely like Clouseau in later films.
** Sir Charles and Lady Claudine would be this in ''Return Of The Pink Panther'', if it wasn't for the fact that [[spoiler: Sir Charles is innocent and Claudine stole the jewel by herself, not to frame him but for a bit of harmless fun]].
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* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: In "The Return of the Pink Panther'', the cabbie responds to Inspector Clouseau's command to FollowThatCar by climbing out of the cab and chasing the car on foot.



** Bryan Forbes (British director/producer/writer/actor), billed as "Turk Thrust", as the nudist camp attendant in ''Shot''. The pseudonym was inspired by a joke he and friend Peter Sellers had conceived.
** In ''Strikes Again'' [[spoiler:Omar Sharif]] is the Egyptian assassin whom the Russian one mistakes for Clouseau on their initial meeting - he beds her, and she falls in love and chooses not to kill him, which is extremely confusing for the real Clouseau later.
** ''Strikes Again'' also has a ''musical'' cameo - the (intentionally) awful singing voice sported by drag queen Jarvis is supplied by [[spoiler:Julie Andrews]].



* CaptainObvious: In ''A Shot in the Dark'', while Clouseau is discussing things with Ballon, a servant walks in:
--> '''Servant:''' Telephone, monsieur, for Inspector Clouseau.
--> '''Clouseau:''' Ah, that would be for me.
** And in ''Strikes Again'':
---> '''Francois:''' What kind of bomb was it?
---> '''Clouseau:''' The exploding kind.
* CarnivalOfKillers: In ''Strikes Again'', the world's greatest assassins descend on Munich in attempt to kill Clouseau and end up wiping each other out. (Coincidentally, given this trope's name, the sequence in question takes place at an Oktoberfest celebration.)
* CatapultToGlory: In ''Strikes Again'', Clouseau is inadvertently lofted through a castle window by a catapult.



* CoolCar: Clouseau has "The Silver Hornet" in ''Revenge'' that is intended as this, but it's "overdue for its service" and only [[TheAllegedCar falls apart on him]].

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* CoolCar: Clouseau has "The Silver Hornet" in ''Revenge'' that is intended as this, but it's "overdue for its service" and only [[TheAllegedCar falls apart on him]].



* DarkerAndEdgier: ''A Shot in the Dark'' is definitely the darkest film of the entire franchise. ''Strikes Again'' could be second, though it's more of a BlackComedy.



* DisintegratorRay: The device created by Professor Fassbender (and used by former Chief inspector Dreyfus as a weapon of mass destruction) in ''Strikes Again''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In ''Strikes Again'', Dreyfus attempts to destroy an entire country because he was lied to about Clouseau's assassination. The country that falsely claimed to kill Clouseau is Egypt. The country Dreyfus decides to punish is ''England''.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: In ''Strikes Again'', Dreyfus hijacks every TV signal in order to announce his death warrant for Clouseau. Problem: Nobody knows what he's talking about and are more concerned that he interrupted the big football game.



* FakingTheDead: Clouseau in ''Revenge''.



* FiveBadBand: In "Strikes Again".
** BigBad -- Dreyfus.
** TheDragon -- Jean Tournier, then Cairo Fred (the other dark-haired henchman) after Tournier's death.
** [[TokenGoodTeammate Token Good]] [[EvilGenius Genius]] -- [[KidnappedScientist An unwilling Prof. Fassbender.]]
** TheBrute(s) -- Bruce the Knife (the long-haired henchman who threatened Fassbender with a knife) and Marty the Mugger (the henchman played by the same actor/stuntmen who played Scallini's bodyguard in Revenge of the Pink Panther).
** DarkChick -- Hindo Harry.
** SixthRanger(s) -- The two kidnappers of Prof. Fassbender and his daughter.
* FollowThatCar: Spoofed in ''Return'' (see trope entry). A variation appears in ''Shot'' when he instructs the police car driver who brought him to the estate to go "back to town", so he drives off before Clouseau can get in.



* FrickinLaserBeams: In ''Strikes Again''.



* TheFunInFuneral: Clouseau's apparent death in ''Revenge'' leads to a long sequence involving this (see trope entry).



* HandOfDeath: Several botched attempts to kill Clouseau in ''A Shot in the Dark''.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dreyfus' fate in ''Strikes Again''. [[spoiler:As he tries to destroy England with his laser, Clouseau accidentally knocks it around at the crucial moment - it malfunctions and zaps Dreyfus instead.]] Somehow, he [[UnexplainedRecovery got better]] by ''Revenge''. In that film's climax, he [[spoiler:starts a chain-reaction explosion in a fireworks warehouse when he lights a match to aim his gun at Clouseau]]. Near the end of ''Curse'', he [[spoiler:tries to shoot down a parasailing Sleigh with a rocket launcher, but the recoil sends him over a cliff (he's in a wheelchair at the time).]]



* InstrumentOfMurder: A clarinet blowgun in ''Strikes Again''.



** Dreyfus in ''A Shot in the Dark'' (accidentally) killed four innocent bystanders in an attempt to kill Clouseau, yet no one called him on it.



* LateArrivalSpoiler: About the only ways you can watch ''A Shot in the Dark'' for the first time and not already know that the Asian man attacking Clouseau is Cato and that the shadowy figure trying to kill Clouseau is Dreyfus is by knowing nothing at all about the film series or by knowing nothing except the order in which the films came out and watching them in order. As it is, since it doesn't have "Pink Panther" in the title, ''Shot'' is likely to be one of the ''last'' films of the series you're going to see.



* MurphysBed: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', [[spoiler: it's the basis for the final non-animated gag]].
* NailsOnABlackboard: Used as a literal torture method in ''Strikes Again''.
* NakedFreakOut: in ''Shot'', when Clouseau and Maria Gambrelli are [[spoiler:caught naked in public]].
* NakedInMink: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', Olga Beriosova (Lesley-Anne Down) seduces Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) in a scene that is beyond words.
* NeverMyFault: Guilt of the murders in ''Shot'' fell, according to everybody but Clouseau, on Maria Gambrelli -- until the end.
* NoFourthWall: The end credits of ''Return'' roll as we see Dreyfus in a padded cell; when Peter Sellers' credit appears, he shouts at us, "Kill him! Kill him!"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In ''Strikes Again'', The President and Secretary of State are obvious parodies of Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: ''Revenge'' confirms that Cato follows Clouseau's instructions about surprise attacks to the letter, much to Clouseau's frustration.
* NonFatalExplosions: They're not just for cartoons anymore! And ''Revenge'' takes the charred-and-smoking reveal to a new level when Clouseau's state is enough to set paper on fire, and his attempt to put it out sets a whole office aflame in a case of DisasterDominoes.

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* MurphysBed: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', [[spoiler: it's the basis for the final non-animated gag]].
* NailsOnABlackboard: Used as a literal torture method in ''Strikes Again''.
* NakedFreakOut: in ''Shot'', when Clouseau and Maria Gambrelli are [[spoiler:caught naked in public]].
* NakedInMink: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', Olga Beriosova (Lesley-Anne Down) seduces Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) in a scene that is beyond words.
* NeverMyFault: Guilt of the murders in ''Shot'' fell, according to everybody but Clouseau, on Maria Gambrelli -- until the end.
* NoFourthWall: The end credits of ''Return'' roll as we see Dreyfus in a padded cell; when Peter Sellers' credit appears, he shouts at us, "Kill him! Kill him!"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In ''Strikes Again'', The President and Secretary of State are obvious parodies of Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger.
* NoMatterHowMuchIBeg: ''Revenge'' confirms that Cato follows Clouseau's instructions about surprise attacks to the letter, much to Clouseau's frustration.
* NonFatalExplosions: They're not just for cartoons anymore! And ''Revenge'' takes the charred-and-smoking reveal to a new level when Clouseau's state is enough to set paper on fire, and his attempt to put it out sets a whole office aflame in a case of DisasterDominoes.



* OminousPipeOrgan: In ''Strikes Again'' former Chief Inspector Dreyfus plays a version of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" instead of the usual Bach Toccata.



* PrettyInMink: Would-be assassin Olga in ''Strikes Again'' wears a full-length coat and hat.



* RakeTake: From ''Strikes Again'' -- Dreyfus, while trying to avoid Clouseau, steps on one, causing him to fall over in the water.



* ReferenceOverdosed: ''Strikes Again'' especially, including the opening credits that mock TV and film.



* ScreenToStageAdaptation: A stage version of ''Strikes Again'' was created for regional/amateur theaters in 1981. It's a PragmaticAdaptation that, among other things, gives the GirlOfTheWeek more characterization, has its own "Pink Panthers" (stagehands who sometimes interfere with the plot), and completely rethinks the climax: [[spoiler: the disintegrator ray has a self-destruct mechanism built in that the professor activates. Dreyfus is ready to go down with it, but Clouseau's morals and sense of honor mean he's ready to Save the Bad Guy...''or go down with him''. The prospect of going into eternity with Clouseau is terrifying enough for Dreyfus that he allows himself to be saved and taken into custody]].
* SexFaceTurn: In ''Strikes Again'', the same effect is achieved not by the antagonistic woman actually seducing the hero, but by having her sleep with someone she ''thought'' was him when it was in fact another member of the same multi-national CarnivalOfKillers as her. This leaves the hero very confused when she suddenly appears naked in his bed professing her undying love for him.



* ShoutOut: ''Strikes Again'' has this in spades, eight of which are in the opening credits alone.
** Oddly enough, Cato is ''not'' a ShoutOut to Kato from TheGreenHornet -- ''"A Shot in the Dark"'' came out two years before the TV series, and before BruceLee played the part, Kato was not a martial artist.



* SiegeEngines: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', [[spoiler: Inspector Clouseau is accidentally propelled up and through a castle window by a catapult]].



* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: ''Strikes Again'', based around a plot more akin to the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, could qualify as this.

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''Strikes Again'', based around a plot more akin to the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, could qualify as this.



* TakeOverTheWorld: The main plot of ''Strikes Again''.
* ThatRussianSquatDance: Clouseau rips his pants as he attempts one of these in ''Shot''.
* ThirtySecondBlackout: The blackout in ''Shot'' lasts only five seconds and leaves the whole Ballon mansion in pitch darkness.
* TimeBomb: Dreyfus sends Clouseau a clock in ''Shot'' that is really a bomb set to go off at three. When it goes off, however, [[NonFatalExplosion nobody is killed or injured]].
* TheToothHurts: In ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', former Chief Inspector Dreyfus gets a bad toothache and sends for a dentist. Clouseau pretends to be the dentist and performs dental malpractice on Dreyfus.
-->'''Dreyfus''': He has pulled the wrong tooth! [[BatDeduction There's only one man who would pull the wrong tooth.]] It's Clouseau! Kill him! Kill him!
** Note he (and Clouseau) are laughing hysterically through this whole scene due to a malfunction with the nitrous oxide.
* TorpedoTits: One of the killers in ''Strikes Again'' attacks Clouseau with spikes emerging from her dress. She meets her end when she pins them to a table.



* WhoNeedsEnemies: Invoked by name in ''Return of the Pink Panther'', when Sir Charles goes to the Fat Man for help in proving he didn't steal the Pink Panther. Instead, the Fat Man, in order to protect himself, plans to kill Sir Charles and give the body to the police as the culprit.
* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: At the Octoberfest scene of ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again'', Clouseau wanders aimlessly through the festival while dozens of assassins end up killing each other while trying to kill him. The easiest incident to describe was when he entered the center stall at a restroom, while two gunmen entered the other two. Clouseau bends over to pick up a dropped roll of toilet paper at the moment the assassins fire, resulting in a MutualKill.
12th Mar '16 8:21:15 AM notShemp
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* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: In "The Return of the Pink Panther'', the cabbie responds to Inspector Clouseau's command to FollowThatCar by climbing out of the cab and chasing the car on foot.
23rd Jan '16 11:40:18 AM nombretomado
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In 2006, the franchise was rebooted under the original title ''The Pink Panther'', with 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 SteveMartin 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!)
4th Dec '15 1:17:32 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* ContinuitySnarl: Chief Inspector Dreyfus ''himself'' is the only, but ''big'' one in the whole series, which otherwise seems pretty consistent with itself. Starting from the ending of the second movie, Dreyfus ''always'' eventually turns mad, tries to murder Clouseau and is ''always'' taken to an insane Asylum… The movie following the first time this happened included the idea that he was supposedly cured (though meeting Clouseau again makes him turn mad again), and subsequently released; however, at the end of this movie, he gets killed off. In the next, he's back at the insane asylum for no particular reason, and once again thought cured, and once again released. And it's not that the previous movie is not canon to the others — there are [[ContinuityNod references]] to it made in later movies. In the ''next'' movies, he's just back as chief inspector with no explanation ''at all''. Apparently, nobody remembers that 1° he was previously disintegrated and 2° he had destroyed the U.N. building and sabotaged a satellite before that.
28th Nov '15 2:58:23 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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** In Strikes Again, Dreyfus '''may''' have reflected the doomsday LASER off of a satellite, because otherwise, the LASER beam fired from Germany would have to be pointed through the earth to reach the United Nations Building in New York City. This issue is never explained in the film, but this is a comedy after all.

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** In Strikes Again, Dreyfus '''may''' ''may'' have reflected the doomsday LASER off of a satellite, because otherwise, the LASER beam fired from Germany would have to be pointed through the earth to reach the United Nations Building in New York City. This issue is never explained in the film, but this is a comedy after all. Targeting the LASER on England ''may'' be more plausible.
28th Nov '15 2:56:37 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* ArtisticLicencePhysics:
** In Strikes Again, Dreyfus '''may''' have reflected the doomsday LASER off of a satellite, because otherwise, the LASER beam fired from Germany would have to be pointed through the earth to reach the United Nations Building in New York City. This issue is never explained in the film.

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* ArtisticLicencePhysics:
ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** In Strikes Again, Dreyfus '''may''' have reflected the doomsday LASER off of a satellite, because otherwise, the LASER beam fired from Germany would have to be pointed through the earth to reach the United Nations Building in New York City. This issue is never explained in the film. film, but this is a comedy after all.
28th Nov '15 2:55:25 PM Taxi-Pizzatime
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* ArtisticLicencePhysics:
** In Strikes Again, Dreyfus '''may''' have reflected the doomsday LASER off of a satellite, because otherwise, the LASER beam fired from Germany would have to be pointed through the earth to reach the United Nations Building in New York City. This issue is never explained in the film.
30th Sep '15 2:51:01 AM OlfinBedwere
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* FakeShemp: ''Trail'' is built around this concept, though flashbacks to his youth near the end have him played by younger actors in a variant on TheOtherDarrin.

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* FakeShemp: FakeShemp:
** 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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''Trail'' is built around this concept, though flashbacks to his youth near the end have him played by younger actors in a variant on TheOtherDarrin.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Dreyfus in the original. Ballon in ''Shot'' also counts.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Dreyfus France seems to have a lot of people with British or American accents in these films, with prominent examples including the original. original Dreyfus, Benjamin Ballon in ''Shot'' also counts.''Shot'', and Philippe Douvier in ''Revenge''.
13th Sep '15 2:50:36 PM OlfinBedwere
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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.

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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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