A Shot in the Dark: The Funniest Movie Ever Made.
Only one film can make me laugh right at the opening credits. "A Shot in the Dark" is such a film. The first time I saw the film in 1966 I laughed. My mother reported I laughed so hard I nearly choked. "A Shot in the Dark" (Hereafter referred to as "Shot") retains the comedic spark.
The main reason, Peter Sellers. He IS Inspector Clouseau. The other Clouseaus, I will not mention. They failed miserably to fill the trench coat of Clouseau.
Rather then rehash the movie plot I would like to share some favorite scenes.
- Clouseau's first interview with Maria Gambrelli in his office. Ripping his pants when he forgets to take out the key, notice how Elke Sommers struggles to keep from laughing! Classic.
- Hearing the opera singer and ending up charging through the recital and out the window and into the river.
- The nudist colony scene. The look on Clouseau's face when it dawns on him he is at a nudist colony is priceless.
- The nude Clouseau and Maria Gambrelli getting caught in traffic.
- The introduction to the series of Dreyfus and Kato.
- Going out to various nightclubs where an assassin misses Clouseau, killing four innocent people instead.
- The climatic scene. Clouseau gathers the suspects together and each of them are guilty of murder. They escape in Clouseau's car which contains a bomb that was placed there by the now insane Dreyfus.
- Trivia note: William Peter Blatty is co-credited with Blake Edwards on the screenplay. Blatty would later give us "The Exorist."