The 1964 classic stars Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau, who is on the hunt to catch a notorious jewel thief who plans to steal a priceless diamond known as the ‘Pink Panther’.
The film was also an introduction to the cartoon character of the same name, who is featured in the animated opening credits sequence.
Directed by Blake Edwards, The Pink Panther also stars David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine, and Claudia Cardinale.
The jazz-tinged film score was composed by Henry Mancini, who is often cited as perhaps the greatest composer in the history of film, receiving a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1995.
The score to The Pink Panther is one of Mancini’s most-known and celebrated works, and saw him nominated for an Academy Award in 1965 for Best Original Score.
‘The Pink Panther Theme’, with saxophone by Plas Johnson, was released as a single in 1964 and went on to reach in the Top 10 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.
In 2001, the film’s score itself received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, in recognition of just how iconic and culturally significant it is as a composition.
The Senbla Concert Orchestra, conducted by Elliot Davies, performs the score live at Royal Festival Hall
The Pink Panther is rated PG (‘Parental Guidance’) by the British Board of Film Classification.