Tag Archives: Peter Sellers

Queen Victoria in the Movies

I recently finished “Victoria the Queen”, a biography by the Australian writer Julia Baird, published in 2016. Subheaded as “An intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire”, the book brings us close to this iconic monarch and her life, dispelling some myths, and creating a better understanding of her complex nature. This was … Continue reading Queen Victoria in the Movies

Being There: Chance at the White House

LIFE IS A STATE OF MIND. The character of Chance in this movie, the last great one from both Peter Sellers and Hal Ashby, has entered popular culture over the years. As reality-show celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., some political commentators made comparisons with Chance. After all, … Continue reading Being There: Chance at the White House

Ladykillers: Criminally Fun

MEET THE “UNHOLY FIVE”… THE MOST BEFUDDLED SET OF ASSORTED THUGS THAT EVER FOULED UP A MILLION DOLLAR BANK ROBBERY! A recent Bluray release of this classic comedy features a documentary about the history of the Ealing Studios where former stars and collaborators talk about how it felt like being part of a family. During … Continue reading Ladykillers: Criminally Fun

Murder by Death

BY THE TIME THE WORLD’S GREATEST DETECTIVES FIGURE OUT WHODUNNIT… YOU COULD DIE LAUGHING! Six of the world’s greatest detectives gather at a remote mansion, but are not prepared for the mysterious host’s (Truman Capote) deadly games… This film is a delight for anyone who knows how to appreciate Neil Simon’s sense of humor as well … Continue reading Murder by Death

The Return of the Pink Panther

YOU MAY REST ASSURED THAT THERE’S TROUBLE, BECAUSE INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU IS ON THE CASE… THAT’S THE TROUBLE. When the famed Pink Panther is stolen in Lugash, the Phantom (Christopher Plummer) is suspected as always; Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is on the case, but the Phantom is innocent. The fourth movie in the series reunited Blake Edwards, … Continue reading The Return of the Pink Panther

Revenge of the Pink Panther

MONTEZUMA GOT HIS REVENGE. NOW IT’S THE PINK PANTHER’S TURN! A criminal organization tries to have Chief Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) killed, but fails; our hero lets them think otherwise. The sixth movie in this franchise is the last with Sellers when he was still alive. Coming off the heels of the wild and crazy Pink Panther … Continue reading Revenge of the Pink Panther

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

WHY ARE THE WORLD’S CHIEF ASSASSINS AFTER INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU? WHY NOT? EVERYBODY ELSE IS. The deranged Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) escapes from a mental asylum and builds a powerful criminal organization that threatens to destroy whole cities unless someone kills Chief Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). The last movie was such a hit that a fifth entry in … Continue reading The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Shot in the Dark: Clouseau Finds His Mojo

IT’S SELLERS THE SLEUTH… AND THERE’S NOTHING HE WON’T DO TO TRACK DOWN A BODY – DEAD OR ALIVE! When Blake Edwards’s The Great Race was released in 1965 it was touted as “the great laugh show of all time”. Of course it wasn’t, and Edwards in particular should know better because it could be argued that … Continue reading Shot in the Dark: Clouseau Finds His Mojo

The Pink Panther: A Night in the Lounge

A MADCAP FROLIC OF CRIME AND FUN. Every once in a while you need to kick back and just have fun. After making the very earnest Days of Wine and Roses (1962), director Blake Edwards delivered a film that is the equivalent of spending a few hours in a lounge, sipping a drink, talking to a good … Continue reading The Pink Panther: A Night in the Lounge

Casino Royale

Sir James Bond (David Niven) is persuaded to come out of retirement to destroy the criminal organization SMERSH; as the new M, he gives every agent the name “James Bond” to confuse his enemies. A tremendous amount of money and talent lay behind this spoof of 007 flicks, which came at the right time, but turned out … Continue reading Casino Royale

Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!

THE HOT-LINE SUSPENSE COMEDY.   When Stanley Kubrick decided to turn Peter George’s Cold War novel “Red Alert” into a movie, he must have thought the material was too outrageous to be taken seriously. He started writing the script, but brought Terry Southern into the procedure to emphasize what might be funny about the doomsday … Continue reading Dr. Strangelove: Bombs Away!

Trail of the Pink Panther

THERE IS ONLY ONE INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU. HIS ADVENTURE CONTINUES… On a trip to Lugash where the Pink Panther diamond once again has been stolen, Clouseau’s (Peter Sellers) plane disappears into the ocean. The seventh Pink Panther flick was made after Sellers’s death. It begins with several never-before seen clips with Clouseau; after his disappearance, a reporter … Continue reading Trail of the Pink Panther