A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Review

The second film in the Pink Panther series doesn’t mention its heritage in the title (and in fact there’s no relation to the titular jewel at all in the movie), but A Shot in the Dark is widely — and wisely — thought to be the best film in the series of five. Peter Sellers is back as the incompetent Clouseau, this time investigating a murder at a wealthy Frenchman’s (George Sanders) estate, where all signs point to the maid (Elke Sommer) as the guilty party. Clouseau refuses to see it this way, with wildly funny, slapstick, and simply crazy results. Sellers is on full tilt in this one.