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

' Why must we meet

' ln the shadows ofParis

' Where hardly a star

' Seems to shine?

' Why can't we meet

' ln the sunlight ofParis

' Where Paris can see

' You are mine?

' Have you come to me

' From another

' Whose lips

' You have tried?

' Do you still belong

' To another?.

' ls that

' Why we hide?

' Why am l cold

' ln the sunlight ofParis

' Where laughterand song

' Fill the sky?

' Why am l warm

' ln the shadows ofParis

' When l know

' That dawn

' Means goodbye?

' Have you come to me

' From another

' Whose lips

' You have tried?

' Do you still belong

' To another?.

' ls that

' Why we hide?

' Why am l cold

- ' ln the sunlight ofParis

- Maria!

' Where laughterand song

' Fill the sky?

' Why am l warm

' ln the shadows ofParis

' When l know

' That dawn means

' Goodbye?


(phone rings)

Commissioner Dreyfus.

Ah. Yes, my darling.

I was just about to call you.

I'm on my way.

I've got the cheese and the beaujolais.


My love. Kiss the children for me.

- Huh?

- (buzzer)

Hold on.


(man) Your wife is on the otherline.

Tell her l'm out of town.

Yes, my love.

I'll be with you in 20 minutes.


Monsieur Dreyfus. Oh, monsieur.

A catastrophe. A report of a shooting

at the Chateau de la Pierre Blanche.


- M Ballon.

- What, the millionaire?

- Yes.

- That is a catastrophe.

It's not so much the shooting

that is a catastrophe.

The report had few details, just that

someone was shot, and the address.

I only just realised

that it was the home of Ballon.

- So?

- So l made a terrible mistake.

Who did you assign to the case?

- Clouseau.

- Oh, my God.

(' The Marseillaise)



- Inspector Clouseau.

- Good evening, sir.

- What is your name?

- Henri LaFarge.

Make a note of that.

- You are the butler?

- The head butler.

The head butler. Cross out "butler"

and put down "head butler".


(Henri) This is M Ballon.

M Ballon, it is a great honour.


Excuse me.

I am lnspector Clouseau of the Sret.

I apologise for my appearance.

I had a slight accident.

Would you like a bathrobe or something?

No, nothing at all. It's just

a little dampness. It will soon go.

M Ballon, you reported a shooting.

- No, l didn't. Maurice did.

- Maurice?

- Yes, he's guarding Maria.

- Ah.

I was at the airport at the time.

I've just arrived.

Of course. That is not necessary.

I'll have this cleared up in seconds.

Would you like to examine the body?

- I would be delighted.

- This way, sir.

(footsteps squelch)

- You are Maurice?

- Yes, monsieur.

M Ballon said

you were guarding someone.

Yes, monsieur.

This pen has been fired recently.

- And you are?

- Maria Gambrelli.

- I am lnspector Clouseau.

- How do you do?

See what else you can find.

What are you doing?

- I'm checking the gun.

- This is my pistol pen.

- I know.

- Get your own pistol pen, please.

This is my own personal one.

Don't look in here. Look outside.

- What did you say?

- Nothing, monsieur.

All right, you can go.

Now then.



You found the body.

- Yes, monsieur.

- Mm.

A friend of yours?

- Have you any idea who killed him?

- I've no idea.

- She killed him.

- That's not true.

- She says it's not true.

- She is lying.

- Watch your tongue.

- I heard four shots.

You heardfour shots.

You did not see four...

I am sorry.

- You did not see these four shots.

- No.

Then you could not know

who fired those shots.

- The door was locked from the inside.

- What does that prove?

When l broke in l found Miguel where you

see him and Maria with a gun in her hand.

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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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