Celebrate the Small Things! and A to Z Challenge: More Fictional Favorites! Day 3: Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau

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This week I’m celebrating getting my book into a local independent book store! I’ve always wanted to see my book on an actual brick-and-mortar store shelf. I’m really excited about it!

And now for today’s A to Z — A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0

C is for — Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau from Blake Edward’s Pink Panther films.

Jacques Clouseau is a police inspector in the French Surete. Dimwitted, bumbling, and hilariously inept, he, nevertheless, and usually completely by accident, manages to solve the case. At least, most of the time.

Anyone who has ever watched any of the Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers knows he is a slapstick comedic genius. The first time I watched the movies, I laughed myself to tears. The silliness of his clumsy antics and his over-the-top disguises still bring fits of giggles. And his warped French accent is priceless. How he did all that with a straight face, I’ll never know.

The movie series with Sellers includes The Pink Panther (1963), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), and Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978). Other Pink Panther movies were made with other actors, both before and after Sellers’ death in 1980, but in my book, Sellers owned the character, and none of the others even comes close to equaling his portrayal.

Here’s a brief example of Sellers’ inspired lunacy from The Pink Panther Strikes Again:

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia



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