A Shot in the Dark

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  • PG
A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of Benjamin Ballon. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid Maria Gambrelli. Police inspector Dreyfuss is prepared to make an arrest - and then the gloriously, monumentally... read more
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A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of Benjamin Ballon. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid Maria Gambrelli. Police inspector Dreyfuss is prepared to make an arrest - and then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau arrives on the scene. Clouseau may have difficulty getting through the day without falling into ponds, knocking people cold with opened doors, and pocketing flaming cigarette lighters, but his instincts are right on target when he decides that Mme. Gambrelli is being framed by someone else in the Ballon household. Even as the murder victims pile up, Clouseau is determined to prove Mme. Gambrelli's innocence. You'd never know it, but A Shot in the Dark was inspired by a standard three-act stage comedy by Harry Kurnitz, which in turn was adapted from the French play L'Idiote by Marcel Achard.

Original Release

06/23/1964

Cast

Peter Sellers Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer Maria Gambrelli
George Sanders Benjamin Ballon
Herbert Lom Charles Dreyfus
Graham Stark Hercule LaJoy
Moira Redmond Simone
Tracy Reed Dominique Ballon
Burt Kwouk Cato
André Maranne Francois
Martin Benson Maurice
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Blake Edwards

Writers

William Peter Blatty, Blake Edwards, Harry Kurnitz, Marcel Achard

Cast

Peter Sellers Jacques Clouseau
Elke Sommer Maria Gambrelli
George Sanders Benjamin Ballon
Herbert Lom Charles Dreyfus
Graham Stark Hercule LaJoy
Moira Redmond Simone
Tracy Reed Dominique Ballon
Burt Kwouk Cato
André Maranne Francois
Martin Benson Maurice
Jack Lambert Man
Reginald Beckwith Receptionist at nudist camp
Nosher Powell Man
Pauline Chamberlain Woman looking in Elke Sommer's car
Vanda Godsell Madame LaFarge
Maurice Kaufmann Pierre
Ann Lynn Dudu
David Lodge Georges
Douglas Wilmer Henri LaFarge
Bryan Forbes Camp Attendant (as Turk Thrust)

Producers

Walter Mirisch Executive Producer
Blake Edwards Producer
Cecil F. Ford Producer
Walter Mirisch Producer

Editors

Bert Bates, Ralph E. Winters

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