Comedy #19: “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1976)
Of “all the movies we love to quote,” this one is up there as the one of the quotiest. From how to order a room in German to what to say when you smash a priceless Steinway, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” will prepare you for any situation where misunderstanding, insanity and massive amounts of property damage are expected.
The fourth in the Pink Panther series, the comedy raises slapstick to a lethal level — literally, in this case, as a hit is put out on Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau and dozens of assassins attempt to take out the bumbling detective. Cartoonish violence ensues. It shouldn’t work but it does. Of all the movies Sellers made with director Blake Edwards, this is the funniest. Come to think of it, they probably should have stopped after “Strikes Again.” After all, it’s tough to top scenes like this one, when Clouseau’s faithful manservant Cato ambushes his master in a daily attempt to keep the Inspector’s “combat skills” razor sharp: