Right now I just finished watching Peter Sellers in the Blake Edwards productions of The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976). When these movies first came out I was between 11 and 12 and recall seeing them at The Castle cinema on Chalkstone Avenue in Providence, RI. It’s history has been one of ups and downs until finally finding it’s niche as a cafe/theatre.
All I can say is this – the two comic geniuses of the 1960’s through the 80’s were Blake Edwards and Mel Brooks. But my funny bone resonates more with Edwards than with Brooks.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again is funny as all hell. Sellers as usual has physical comedy down to an art. But Herbert Lom playing former Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Absolutey brilliant performance. He plays psychotic very well.
It just saddens me that Hollywood feels the need to either re-hash old movies with poorly thought out casting, or they have to take beloved comic books and cartoons and turn them into feature length movies.
Right now they’re shooting Underdog in Providence. Very low key as far as disruptions go. I remember when they shot Outside Providence and Federal Hill here – the disruptions were awful.
And now Providence is becoming a little Hollywood East. Lovely. Just what I wanted, vapid actors and egotistical directors making their landings in my beloved city.