Trail of the Pink Panther (1982) (part 2 of 4)

In his office, Dreyfus takes his blood pressure with an inflatable cuff around his arm, like ha ha, Clouseau gives him high blood pressure, get it? Meanwhile, he and his assistant Francois share some dialogue about Clouseau’s investigation. They talk about how Clouseau (rather sensibly, actually) believes that Sir Charles Litton, who stole the diamond the other two times, is responsible again this time. Of course, all of this dialogue is obviously written around Clouseau not being able to actually appear in the scene.

One weird thing mentioned here is that Clouseau mistakenly believes that Sir Charles Litton lives in London. This is never explained. I assume they had unused footage of Clouseau going to London, and were determined to use it even if it made no sense. And then Dreyfus is so stressed out about Clouseau, that he causes the blood pressure machine to break and mercury comes spurting out, which is a gag that anyone could have seen coming from a mile away.

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

Multi-Part Article: Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

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