A Shot in the Dark

Trivia: When Clouseau spins the globe in his office after the first interrogation of Maria, the part calls for him to catch his hand. Peter Sellers ad-libbed a line about Africa being all over his hand. Just before the dissolve to the next scene, the actors start to grin at the ad-lib. (00:35:45)

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Trivia: None of the characters from the stage play appear in the film.

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Trivia: Maria (Elke Sommer) cannot refrain from laughing at Peter Sellers' antics during the interrogation. She is trying to stifle her laughter. (01:31:40)

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Trivia: The "synchronize our watches" dialogue was improvised by Peter Sellers and Graham Stark.

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Quotes

Dreyfus: What about the maid?
Clouseau: The maid?
Dreyfus: Was he jealous of her too? He strangled her.
Clouseau: It is possible that his intended victim was a man and that he made a mistake.
Dreyfus: A mistake?.. in a nudist camp?
Clouseau: Nobody's perfect.
Dreyfus: Idiot nincompoop lunatic.

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Mistakes

Subtitle (English) appears to be incorrect: "He is setting the scions of criminal investigations back 1000 years" should be "He is setting the science of criminal investigations back 1000 years." "Scions" is a description of the branches of a tree.

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