I could have talked about Peter Sellers’ death either for the previous movie or this one. There are several reasons why I chose the previous movie. 1, his declining health issues clearly affected his performance in Revenge of the Pink Panther. 2, I couldn’t find too much enough behind the scenes details on Revenge for my tastes. 3, I figured there’d be a lot more to talk about with this … movie. My hunch regarding Trail of the Pink Panther was right. That said, this entire blog post could be summed up with a single-worded question. Why?
Trail of the Pink Panther is fairly well known, and a bit notorious, but in case you’re not aware of the circumstances surrounding this movie, let’s look at its background. After Revenge of the Pink Panther released, Sellers started working on a script for what he hoped to be the final Pink Panther movie. He would have been happy to go forward with the movie without director Blake Edwards. It would be called Romance of the Pink Panther. In Romance, he’d end up falling in love with a jewel thief and leaving the police force. As dedicated of an officer as Inspector Clouseau is, that does sound like an interesting, and maybe even appropriate conclusion to the series. Sadly, he died before any kind of deal to make the movie even begun.Continue reading