|Title:||Trail of the Pink Panther|
Other Movies Seen By This Director (9)
- Curse of the Pink Panther
- The Great Race
- The Party
- The Pink Panther
- The Pink Panther Strikes Again
- The Return of the Pink Panther
- Revenge of the Pink Panther
- A Shot in the Dark
- Son of the Pink Panther
|08.03.06|| This finishes out the Pink Panther box set that MGM put out... so that's it! except for the third in the series which MGM didn't have the rights to. And the two more Panther films which don't star Sellers. And the Steve Martin Remake. And all the other Pink Panther cartoons that DePatie-Freleng made for UA that didn't get included on the bonus disc. Yep... this is about as incomplete a complete set can get.|
Still though, this movie very much feels the last in the series anyway. It's got a let-get-the-band-back-together structure where a TV reporter goes around interviewing all the players from previous films about Clouseau and cueing clip-show "hilarious" moments from earlier in the series when it was still funny. I'm guess that Sellers died in the midst of filming this... The beginning credits (not even De Patie-Freleng anymore) dedicate the film to Peter, saying he's the one and only Closeau (until the next movie of course, which is even announced in the end credits of this one). There's about a half hour's worth of new material with him (albeit he's still repeating some gags), and then his plane goes missing and the rest of the movie is this TV special-like approach. Very similar actually to Truffaut's Love on the Run, except that film felt like the clips were always part of the plan rather than scrambling trying to finish an incomplete film. And the whole Antoine Doinel series is better than the Pink Panther series, but whatever.
So let me check imdb...
Wow. he died before shooting even began. I guess that first half hour was deleted scenes from previous movies. Crazy.
Well, I don't know whether or not to track the other three down. I can't say I enjoyed anything beyond the first two films in this series that much... but now that I've seen 6 of the 9, part of me thinks "why not." I'll add them to my netflix queue and will get around to them eventually.