Inspector Clouseau, the "best" man at Interpol

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German title Inspector Clouseau, the "best" man at Interpol
Original title The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Logo pink panther 4 de.svg
Country of production United Kingdom
original language English
Publishing year 1976
length 103 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Blake Edwards
script Blake Edwards
production Tony Adams
Blake Edwards
music Henry Mancini
camera Harry Waxman
cut Alan Jones

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Inspector Clouseau, the "best" man at Interpol is the fifth installment in the Pink Panther series from 1976 and the fourth directed by Blake Edwards .

The main opponent of Inspector Clouseau is for the first time his former boss Dreyfus.


The former chief inspector Dreyfus is about to be released from the mental hospital. Only a few hours separate him from the freedom he believed to be safe, when his successor at the Paris Sûreté , Inspector Clouseau, visits him to put in a “good word” for him at the dismissal commission. The presence of his archenemy angered Charles Dreyfus after a series of clumsiness that the month-long therapy turned out to be useless from one moment to the next; he tries to kill Clouseau - and his release is postponed indefinitely because of the relapse.

But Dreyfus manages to escape from the institution and immediately carries out a bomb attack on Clouseau. This fails because Clouseau has overly filled the artificial hump of his Hunchback of Notre Dame costume with helium and so vanished from the explosion. Dreyfus then founds a criminal organization by gathering all criminal geniuses around him. The aim of the organization is the murder of Chief Inspector Clouseau.

Dreyfus kidnaps the famous English professor Fassbender in order to scare the world with his latest invention.

Clouseau investigates in England to clear up the kidnapping, but with no significant result. The shadowing of the butler of the Fassbender family puts Clouseau in an awkward position, as he is arrested during a raid on a gay bar. The kidnappers also want to catch Fassbender's butler, as he was the only witness to the kidnapping. The butler, who works as a travesty artist in the bar, is stabbed to death; before he dies, however, he can kill his kidnapper as well. Clouseau finds a brochure about the Munich Oktoberfest with the dead kidnapper and decides to go there to find more information.

In the meantime, Dreyfus threatens the whole world and with the help of Professor Fassbender's ray cannon has the UN building in New York simply disappear from everyone's eyes. He demands that Inspector Clouseau be killed. A dozen heads of state are convinced of the power of the mad Dreyfus and immediately send agents to Munich to take out Clouseau.

In Munich there are a number of attacks on Clouseau, which he escapes time and again out of sheer luck, because the killers kill themselves or each other. Only Russia and Egypt's agents have not attempted their assassination attempt.

A felon from the Dreyfus gang, disguised as Clouseau, enters the inspector's room and is shot by the waiting Egyptian killer. At the same time, the Russian agent Olga sneaks into Clouseau's room and bed. She thinks the Egyptian is Clouseau, who uses the opportunity for a love intermezzo in the dark. Then the Egyptian leaves the room, into which Clouseau returns and finds the dead man and the longing Olga, who reveals to him that she is a contract killer, but has now fallen in love with him and cannot kill him. Clouseau hardly goes into Olga's tenderness and learns from her that the tattoo on the back of the hand of the deceased is the family crest of a recently sold castle in Bavaria.

Clouseau goes to the castle; However, attempts to get inside fail. Because Dreyfus, who believes Clouseau is dead due to a hoax, has a toothache, Clouseau disguises himself as a dentist and treats his crazy ex-boss. If the dose of laughing gas is too high and a healthy tooth is extracted, the false report is corrected and Dreyfus recognizes Clouseau. This flees. Dreyfus wants to wipe England off the map out of anger. By an unbelievable coincidence, Clouseau turns the cannon beam on Dreyfus and the castle. Both go away.

Olga has prepared a night of love in Clouseau's Paris apartment that Clouseau wants to enjoy, but that his curious servant Cato suddenly wrecks.


"A turbulent, parodic movie fun that has its weirdest effect in some quieter moments."


  • The original title is misleading. The diamond, the "Pink Panther", from the first film in the series does not appear in the film, nor is it mentioned.
  • Tom Jones sang the title track Come To Me . At the end of the Jones version, Peter Sellers adds himself. The song Until You Love Me was interpreted by Michael Robbins.
  • The film was shortened from originally 124 minutes to 103 minutes. The cut scenes were then seen in 1982 in the film The Pink Panther is hunted (Trail of the Pink Panther) , in which the now deceased Peter Sellers only appears in such archive scenes.
  • In a short supporting role, Geoffrey Bayldon can be seen as a psychiatrist who examines Chief Inspector Dreyfus in front of the animated film opening credits. Bayldon is better known as the magician Catweazle from the children's television series of the same name.
  • For the short actor Deep Roy (also Gordeep Roy , but actually Mohinder Purba) it was the first movie. He became particularly famous in 2005 with the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which he uses a computer trick to depict all Oompa Loompas .
  • Omar Sharif makes a brief appearance as an Egyptian killer.



In 2003 the film was released as the Pink Panther Collection along with four other films. For legal reasons, the previous film from 1975 was not included. The edition also included a bonus DVD with a documentary about Sellers' life and commercials he made for an airline and an insurance company in the 1970s.


The soundtrack is by Henry Mancini and was first released on LP . In 1998 the Australian record label RykoDisc released a new edition with posters, trailer videos and bonus music:

Original edition
  1. Main Title (with homages to well-known films)
  2. The Inspector Clouseau Theme
  3. The Great Quasimodo Disguise
  4. Beer festival polka
  5. Come To Me (Instrumental)
  6. Until You Love Me by Michael Robbins
  7. Come To Me by Tom Jones (last lines by Peter Sellers)
  8. Along came Omar
  9. Until You Love Me (Instrumental)
  10. The Inspector Clouseau Theme (Reprise)
  11. The Evil Theme
  12. Exodus From The Castle
  13. How (bonus)
  14. The Plan / The Snatch (Bonus)
  15. Until You Love Me (Alternative Bonus Version)
  16. The Doomsday Machine (Bonus)
  17. Organ Interlude by Herbert Lom (Bonus)
  18. End credits (bonus)


  • 1977: Oscar nomination for Henry Mancini and Don Black for the song Come to Me
  • 1977: Golden Globe nomination for Peter Sellers
  • 1977: Writers Guild of America , WGA Award for Frank Waldman and Blake Edwards for best comedy adaptation
  • 1978: Evening Standard British Film Award to Blake Edwards for Best Comedy Film

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Inspector Clouseau, the "best" man at Interpol. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used