A Shot in the Dark

Synopsis: When rich M. Ballon's spanish driver is found shot dead, Inspector Jacques Clouseau is the first official on the scene. All evidence suggests Maria Gambrelli, the maid, to be the murderer. But Clouseau, being attracted to the beautiful girl, is convinced that she is hiding something. So, he has her released from jail and tries to follow her secretly. Things do not work out the way the inspector wanted and people keep being murdered, and each time innocent Maria seems to be the killer. But with someone important wanting Clouseau and nobody else to cover this case, his tolerance-challenged boss Charles Dreyfuss is close to losing his mind when casualties keep turning up. And Clouseau keeps on causing trouble without knowing it...
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Director(s): Blake Edwards
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

- With the gun in her hand?

- Still smoking.

Did you have the gun in your hand?

- And was it still smoking?

- I suppose so, but...

I don't know how it got there.

- Ridiculous.

- I will decide what is ridiculous.

- Monsieur, you surely don't believe...

- I believe everything.

And l believe nothing.

I suspect everyone.

And l suspect no one.

I gather the facts, examine the clues...

and before you know it, the case is solved.

Oh, yes. There is much here that does not

meet the eye. That is quite obvious.

- What was that you said?

- Nothing, monsieur.

All right. You can go now.

Yes, monsieur.

But do not try to leave. Everyone

in this household is under suspicion.

Yes, monsieur.

- (Clouseau) Tell me what happened.

- He was having difficulty with the buttons.

- Buttons?

- The buttons on my dress.

That is strange because

there are no buttons on this dress.

That is because he was having difficulty

with them. He tore the dress off.

- He attacked you.

- Oh, no.

I would have helped him

but he couldn't wait.

The buttons are probably

all over the room.

He was so impetuous.

A passionate Spaniard, you know.

And he tore your dress off, eh?


Suddenly someone opened the door.

Miguel leapt up and...

That is the last l remember until Maurice

came in and found me with the gun.


There is, if you'll excuse me, something

here that l do not quite understand.

What don't you understand?

I don't understand... when you say

that you don't remember.

- I guess l was unconscious.

- unconscious?

- I have a bump.

- A beump?

- Yes.

- Where? Let me see.

I don't know how it happened

but it is painful.

That is beautiful perfume.

- It's bath oil.

- Is it?

I can't figure it out.

Someone must have hit me.

Yes. You have received

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Blake Edwards

William Blake Crump (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010), better known by his stage name Blake Edwards, was an American filmmaker. Edwards began his career in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon began writing screenplays and radio scripts before turning to producing and directing in television and films. His best-known films include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, 10, Victor/Victoria, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with British actor Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed several drama, musical, and detective films. Late in his career, he transitioned to writing, producing, and directing for theater. In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing, and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen. more…

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