Reviewing The Pink Panther Series

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The Pink Panther (1963)
Release Date: December 18, 1963
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists

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A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Release Date: June 23, 1964
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists

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The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Release Date: May 21, 1975
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Release Date: December 15, 1976
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists

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The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
Release Date: July 13, 1978
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists

Sellers was in the midst of crafting another pink panther film called “Romance of the Pink Panther” but it was never completed after he died in 1980. Remarkably after Revenge of the Pink Panther instead of ending the series, pink panther films continue to be made into the present-day. The follow-up movie (Trail of the Pink Panther in 1982) was a mash-up movie of unused footage from other pink panther movies featuring Sellers. It is confusing and episodic as an homage to Peter Sellers but is not a particularly remarkable film. Spin-offs continued through the 1980s and 1990s, including a ridiculous performance of Clouseau by Roger Moore, and a movie that features the offspring of Clouseau that is not particularly funny. The series was also rebooted in the 2000s with Steve Martin as the lead but I cannot bring myself to watch these movies. The two that have been thus far released have been critically panned for the most part and unfortunately there are apparently more pink panther films planned for the future.

Ranking My Favorite Pink Panther Films

#1 The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

#2 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

#3 A Shot in the Dark (1964)

#4 The Pink Panther (1963)

#5 The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

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