Sept. 16, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST
until next time commissioner, until the case is sol-ved
Sept. 16, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST
look into it
Sept. 16, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST
The film isn't worth watching for it though
Sept. 16, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
Not to be a huge spoiler but the Moore bit in Curse of the Pink Panther is indeed quite funny, as it is Clouseau having had cosmetic surgery to look like Roger Moore. Much better than it sounds, but yeah, the film is a bit of a why bother... At least its not as depressing as Trail anyway.
Sept. 16, 2008, 4:28 a.m. CST
As said before - excellent job quint. The column continues to be great, fresh and eminently readable. The PP movies are a big part of my childhood, and even though I haven't seen them in years, it was fantastic to go through them through your fresh eyes. Maybe I'll try and find RETURN and STRIKES BACK (the first two I saw) for nostalgia's sake now...</p> Also, I feel so vindicated that I had always thought Dreyfus as funny as Clouseau - all his tics and sniggering and apoplexy have defined for me great physical- representations-of-internal-conflict comedy and I really appreciate all the props to Lom. </P>
Sept. 16, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST
...it's grammAr. Look into it.
Sept. 16, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST
the Clouseau replacement - Clifton Sleigh. Clouseau isn't a bad guy, but he certainly has his sins - pride and lust chief among them. Sleight is a virginal nice guy who just happens to be accident prone. I've got nothing against Ted Wass, but he's just wrong for the role. Uninteresting and unfunny. For me the best scene in the whole film is Moore's cameo. He does a good job.
Sept. 16, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST
I remembered really liking Ted Wass in that movie - Is it just me? I always thought he had the potential for a bigger acting career...
Sept. 16, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST
is a decent actor. He was occasionally tolerable in Blossom - which is noteworthy because virtually nothing in that show was tolerable. He just wasn't right for Curse. Replacing Sellers with Wass is like replacing Picasso with a guy who paints desert landscapes. Nothing wrong with said landscapes, but they're pretty bland when compared to Guernica.
Sept. 16, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST
...aside from the brilliant bit by Roger Moore as Clouseau (yes, it's bad... but in a good way) there is one classic bit of dialogue as the hero introduces himself to an adversary: "Clifton Sleigh" "Is that 'slay' as in 'kill'?" "No, it's 'sleigh' as in 'one-horse-open'."
Sept. 16, 2008, 6:35 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Now that one did suck.
Sept. 16, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
scared to buy and review Curse of the Pink Panther. I wonder if he's seen the Steve Martin remake. Word around the campfire is it was terrible, which is a shame because Steve Martin is great, plus is had Jean Reno. However, that's what happens now that Hollywood no longer has any original ideas.
Sept. 16, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
Sept. 16, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST
by Jonah Echo
I know it's not topic related, but I thought of you when I saw it. <P> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/nyregion/16mundus.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Sept. 16, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST
Quint, I must have seen a different movie! I thought "Trail..." was totally exploitative and a desperately sad in a way that annihilates any thought of laughter whilst watching it. Sellers was looking rough in the previous film, his health wrecked though and yet this wasn't enough for Edwards, who knew the Clouseau "brand" would bring marks, I mean paying punters back in for another couple of goes. There's no respect for Sellers or Clouseau (who doesn't even get a funeral) and the supporting cast (Lom in jell-o, Kwouk, a dying, DUBBED, Niven) are humiliated to a degree not seen again until Star Trek V. The final straw is when Clouseau's parents are wheeled out (with the afore-mentioned unecessary show of skin - hey, this was the 80's not the 60's); as if someone imitating Sellers style by mumbling and stumbling around like a secondary school drama student is a fitting tribute to the man or worthy substitute. 1982 was surely the greatest year in cinema history, but TRAIL nearly drags it down to the gutter. That is all.
Sept. 16, 2008, 8:31 a.m. CST
the "one horse open" comment was funny. Everything else not so much, although I agree some of the Moore stuff was OK.
Sept. 16, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST
But with a dead actor in it. Didn't Sellers actually shoot some material for Romance of the Pink Panther before he died?
Sept. 16, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST
With that ridiculous Italian clown Roberto Bergnini playing Clouseau's son. Ghastly unfunny, except for Lom, of course.
Sept. 16, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST
son of pp
Sept. 16, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST
by Tar Heel
Wasn't there a movie with Alan Arkin portraying Clouseau? Guess my next stop is IMDB.
Sept. 16, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST
made in about 1968 - the plot is basically Clouseau goes to England to solve the Great Train Robbery. Haven't seen it in years tho I recall it was OK, if a bit pointless without Sellars as Clouseau.
Sept. 16, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST
As my love of movies partly comes from The third film I ever saw at the cinema, following Snow White and Live and let die. It was Return of the Pink Panther. It was the first comedy i'd watched with a mass audience and that magical feeling of hundreds of people laughing en masse is something you never forget your first experience of. Say what you like about Sellers the flawed human, he remains in my mind the greatest comedy actor after Chaplin. Quint check out "the party" for a different kind of sellers/edwards magic. Also try and see if you can find the movie where he plays a villian, can't recall the title, i'll post it when i recall, but it.s a little seen early sixties black and white crime drama with pop star adam faith. Film so so but sellers is terrific. He plays a total asshole. Oddly although there is a hell of a lot of crap sellers was very prolific. There are so many gems. I'm alright jack . The ladykillers. The awful truth. Only two can play. The millionairess. And thats just the early stuff. But if you want a real treat. Find the old goon show radio shows as written by spike milligan. It is that rare thing. A comedy that hasn't aged. (don't forget milligan is the genius who uncredited thought up the ending of dr. Strangelove) theres a lot of gold out there quint.
Sept. 16, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
I'm glad my ability to remember obscure and useless information for years at a time hasn't dimished too much... of course I could do better work on eliminating it.
Sept. 16, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST
Sorry, that's all I got.
Sept. 16, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
Which compared to Trail and Curse (haven't seen Son or the remake) tells you a lot! Arkin tries hard, but Bud Yorkin's direction lets the film down badly, with every gag mistimed.
Sept. 16, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
is what this film is. I remember when I was little reading about this film, and I was like "how does this work?" Well, unsurprisingly, it does work, just not 100% competently. I think it's an interesting and curious piece of cinema history, that's for sure. Perhaps even more so now because this film was strung together without the use of CGI.
Sept. 17, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST
All over the genre, cast as Captain Nemo (on par with Mason), Phantom of the Opera (Hammer), et al. I prefer Sellers in his vintage Ealing (Studios) comedies.
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST
My girlfriend has this tripe on the TV for some reason. Dreadful & incomprehensible. Dubbing highs and lows. Did I mention the commercial breaks render it even more incomprehensible? She didn't even notice it came back on twice so far.
Jan. 4, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST
i was just thinking of the quote in casino when pesci has the guy's head in a vice and says "can you fuckin belive this 2 fuckin days and nights, FUCK ME??? FUCK ME MUTTER??" and i go to my user page and see this old topic and your Fuck me post.