Sunday, January 22, 2017
An Inspector Falls
Though Sellers had passed, to be sure
The franchise would last ... or endure.
One film was completed
With scenes once deleted.
The next one would cast Roger Moore.
Donald B. Benson
Image: Joanna Lumley, Roger Moore, and Ted Wass in Curse of the Pink Panther (Blake Edwards; 1983). After Peter Sellers's death, Trail of the Pink Panther had a reporter tracing the vanished Clouseau in a film full of outtakes and deleted gags from earlier films. Curse introduced a replacement bungling detective (Wass) who found Clouseau -- converted by plastic surgery into Roger Moore (doing an enthusiastically goofy Sellers imitation).