Tag Archives: Peter Sellers

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

Farewell, Two Comedy Legends

News reached us today that legendary British comedian Ronnie Corbett is dead. A week ago, we learned that legendary American comedian Garry Shandling is dead. Every news report tells us how Britain and/or Hollywood are mourning these men. Every news report gives us the highlights of their careers, telling us why they were beloved and … Continue reading Farewell, Two Comedy Legends

John Cleese at 75

[youtube=http://youtu.be/fBiqwoIPkSM&w=540&h=320] John Cleese turns 75 years old tomorrow, but for someone who claims to look forward to death he sure is keeping busy. Here’s what he said in a recent interview with The Mirror where he was asked if there’s a sequel to A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures coming up: No, because it is too much like … Continue reading John Cleese at 75

The Man Who Beat Clouseau

[youtube=http://youtu.be/s66VNF5-624&w=540&h=320]   Herbert Lom died today at the age of 95. When Germany threatened to occupy the whole of Czechoslovakia in 1939, the young actor (who was born in Prague) escaped. He was allowed into Britain, but not his Jewish girlfriend who was later murdered by the Nazis in a concentration camp. Predictably, Lom found … Continue reading The Man Who Beat Clouseau

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. [youtube=http://youtu.be/jgSyPoTeJNk&w=540&h=320]   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 … 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. [youtube=http://youtu.be/BwA_ar7_qUw&w=540&h=320]   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 … 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