The priceless Pink Panther diamond has once again been snatched from the Middle Eastern principality of Lugash. The French Government summons the one and only Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) to solve the crime. Chief Inspector Dreyfuss (Lom) is pushed to the brink of insanity by the mention of his colleague's name. Clouseau sets his office aflame repeatedly while attempting to ignite his pipe and cigar. On the way to the airport for his flight to London, he blows up his own car trying to fix the cigarette lighter. For his flight to England to track down Sir Charles Litton, whom he suspects is behind the jewel heist, he disguises himself as a mustard salesman from Dijon, complete with a leg cast and head bandages. He struggles to use the lavatory onboard due to the constraints of his costume. Eventually, he takes off for Lugash to search for the stone but his plane is missing and presumed to have crashed in the ocean.
French news journalist Marie Jouvet (Lumley) interviews those closest to the famous detective to try to get a sense of his genius. Her talk with Dreyfuss sets him off on a whole series of spasms and nervous tics. She tracks down Clouseau's butler Cato (Kwouk), his partner on the force Hercule Lajoy (Stark) at his boat, even finding Lady (Capucine) and Sir Charles Litton (Niven), before she is forcibly taken to meet with Bruno Langlois (Loggia) the French criminal drug lord. Her last chat involves Clouseau's father (Mulligan) at his vineyard in the country, during which Monsieur Clouseau uses a border collie to corral Nanna, a wayward senile servant woman. The film is a posthumous tribute to the late Peter Sellers who pasted away two years prior to the films release, but also an extremely lean and flimsy movie capitalizing on the successful franchise Blake Edwards had built with the Pink Panther movies.
This report prepared by David Fletcher