Third in the series "50 Years Ago at the Movies". In this first film of the beloved comic series, dashing European thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) plans to steal a diamond, but he's not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as the "Pink Panther." His nephew George (Robert Wagner) also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) intercedes, but finds his career -- and his freedom -- jeopardized.
Directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, the film also features Capucine and Claudia Cardinale.
The film introduced the cartoon character The Pink Panther, in an opening credits sequence.
The soundtrack was written by Henry Mancini, and performed by his orchestra. In 2001, the soundtrack album was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
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