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Old 11-04-2001, 09:10 PM
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I just watched the Pink Panther last night, I hadn't seen it in years. I laughed so hard I cried.

My question is simple: Which is the funniest Peter Sellers movie?

My next rental may depend on your reply

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Old 11-04-2001, 09:18 PM
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He did a number of wildly funny movies. The best, as a movie overall, is Dr. Strangelove, but it is not really all that upbeat. My favorite Panther is Stikes Again.
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Return of the Pink Panther
or
Dr. Strangelove-- which is his funniest
but
Being There is his 'best" role.
IMHO, of course.
Old 11-04-2001, 11:12 PM
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Dr. Strangelove
Being There
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Being There
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Old 11-05-2001, 12:22 AM
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Well, since Dr. Strangelove is the best movie ever made, that automatically makes it the best Peter Sellers movie...

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Old 11-05-2001, 02:42 AM
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Santos is correct.
Old 11-05-2001, 05:45 AM
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Ditto on Strangelove, though I also like him in I'm All Right, Jack and The World of Henry Orient, though you could argue that these are more supporting performances.

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Old 11-05-2001, 08:47 AM
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Ditto on:

Dr. Strangelove &
Being There.
Old 11-05-2001, 11:27 AM
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im awfully fond of 'whats new pussycat'. as a bonus, its woody allens first movie appearance.
Old 11-05-2001, 01:02 PM
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This won't really be answering the OP, but. . .

IMO, the Holy Grail of Peter Sellers movies is A Carol for Another Christmas. It aired one time only circa 1964, and never again. It was a retelling of A Christmas Carol as only Rod Serling could do it.

But it's anything but funny, so I've read. . . .
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Quote:
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Ditto on:

Dr. Strangelove &
Being There
Same choices, different order.
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Old 11-05-2001, 01:52 PM
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Dr. Strangelove, sure, but. . .

No votes for The Mouse That Roared?
Old 11-05-2001, 02:15 PM
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The Mouse That Roared

and

Being There

I would add the caveat that these are very different from the Pink Panther movies. Much better, IMHO.
Old 11-05-2001, 02:26 PM
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Return of The Pink Panther is probably the funniest of the Pink Panther films.

As for non-Pink Panther roles, Sellers' best three movies are Being There, The Mouse That Roared, and Dr. Strangelove, not necessarily in that order.

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Old 11-05-2001, 05:33 PM
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Strangelove, without a doubt.

I'm not a big fan of Being There. I found that I couldn't quite suspend disbelief to the necessary extent. I mean, especially in the scene where Shirley MacLaine's character is trying to seduce Chance: any woman with a shred of self-assertion would have grabbed the remote, killed the TV, and thrown the remote out the window. And then returned to what she was doing.

And the ending was a little too...convenient.
Old 11-05-2001, 06:30 PM
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I have to second "The Party". This is one seriously odd, funny movie. You have to watch it just so you and your SO can go around for the next week saying "Birdie num-nums" to each other and bursting out laughing.
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Old 11-05-2001, 07:40 PM
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Dr. Strangelove
Being There
ditto for me. Being there is not really funny, but the thread title is "best", so that is my answer, with strangelove as "funniest"
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Can it be that I'm the only one who's seen After The Fox?

And on that obscure note, we move this thread to Cafe Society.
Old 11-05-2001, 08:14 PM
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Not going to say it's his best, or his funniest, but The Ladykillers is worth a look for a number of good reasons, not the least of which is Peter Sellers playing the straight man to Alec Guiness' comedic "Evil Professor."

That's something you won't see every day.
Old 11-05-2001, 08:57 PM
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Perhaps a better question is this: Do you have a lee-sawnce for zee minkey?
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You said minkey?
Old 11-05-2001, 09:33 PM
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I'll second Strangelove, but if you love Sellers do yourself a favor and check out a 1957 gem called "The Naked Truth," also known as "Your Past is Showing." This one really put Sellers on the map. It's as funny as the Pink Panther movies!
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I've always thought he gave one of his best performances in Lolita. I love the scene at the motel where he's pretending to be a police detective.

His funniest is A Shot in the Dark, though.
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I just remembered another one, something about Alice B. Tolkias??? I Love You, A.B.T maybe?

Sellers was hot for a hippie and gave up his straight-laced ways to woo her. Lots of drugs, free love, etc. I remember it being pretty entertaining too.
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The Magic Christian. Of course, I think I'm one of only about a dozen people who ever saw that one.
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Old 11-08-2001, 01:04 PM
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Ditto for Strangelove, and I'm All Right Jack. Also, the Pink Panther Strikes Again
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Being There
Dr. Strangelove
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Old 11-08-2001, 02:27 PM
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No question that "Being There" and "Dr. Strangelove" are his best, but "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu" was always one of my favorites.
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I just remembered another one, something about Alice B. Tolkias??? I Love You, A.B.T maybe?
I love you, Alice B. Toklas is correct.

This is someone I know's second favorite movie, she told me I'd like it, and she was right. Although it's well worth watching, it's definitely not his best, what with the others already mentioned here.

His character was named Harold Fine, which worked well in the Simon & Garfunkel title song -- the lyrics go :

I love you, Alice B. Toklas!
and so does Harold Fine
I love you, Alice B. Toklas!
and so does Gertrude Stein ...

(The title comes from Alice B. Toklas' brownies, from Ms. Toklas' infamous cookbook.)
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The Party - hands down!
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I'll second "I Love You Alice B. Toklas". The brownie scene is hilarious.
Old 11-08-2001, 09:23 PM
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To be original here <sigh>, The Party and Dr Strangelove are his funniest movies, in my opinion.

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Old 11-08-2001, 09:38 PM
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The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu was ghastly awful, barely better than a post sellers Pink Panther movie (there was at least one and it was bad).
Old 11-09-2001, 12:02 PM
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Dr. Strangelove, Being There, and The Mouse That Roared are probably his best films over all. He and Victor Mature are both better than the whole movie in After The Fox. If the script had been stronger and not just petered out near the end it would probably be a classic instead of an interesting failure. Sellers also steals his only scene in The Wrong Box, but it's only a cameo.
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return of the pink panther. You get both his fine sense of comedy delivery and a lot of physical comedy. cant beat that. reminds me of the WC Fields movies. such timing, subtle but then right into some silliness.

the wierd thing is I dont like the "strikes again" one. it seems like a obvious ripoff of the "return". maybe its just me.

always think about the return when I see "naked gun" movies.


strangelove, and mouse movies were good but too much non-sellers moments. the Return of the Pink Panther is 90% him.
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The Party is the funniest movie ever made by anyone. And has the best, most unintentional double entendre I ever heard in my life: When Sellers sees the cat's litter box, I say "Oh, no," and my friend Karen says, in all seriousness, "He wouldn't stoop so low."
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From Heartbreak to Hilarity...

I just finished watching Snow Falling on Cedars.

As I sat there crying from the heartbreak of the final scene...I started rewinding the tape...with tears falling down my cheeks I changed the channel to TCM and watched as Peter Sellers tried to do a handstand on the bed, while Shirley McLaine's character took things into her own hands ...for some reason hilarity ensued...I didn't know what I was watching until I checked the description....it was two hours into Being There.

I will have to watch the whole movie now!! Is the whole thing as funny as the last 20 min?
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Thank you all, I look forward to my next trip to the video store. Now I just have to hope that Blockbuster has more than just bubble-gum vids for rent
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The Magic Christian
I love you Alice B. Toklas
The Party

in that order. Being There was great too.
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