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Old 07-17-2019, 06:40 PM
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It's interesting to compare the early Inspector Clouseau movies with the ones that came later. In A Shot in the Dark, Elke Sommer does an admirable job stifling her laughter when she's in Clouseau's office. In Return of the Pink Panther, Catherine Schell doesn't even try not to laugh when he shows up at her front door "to inspect the feune."

The effect was completely different, and the second was nowhere near as funny as the first. When someone's a bumbling idiot, you're either appalled or (more likely) you're embarrassed and try to pretend you didn't see anything. You don't laugh openly at them.
"Makes you wonder why we bother, eh, Fawlty?"
"Didn't know you did, Major."

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