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Wipe away your Monday blues with great Peter Sellers movies this February only on PIX

MUMBAI: PIX, the Premium English Movies channel brings you the Best of Peter Sellers every Monday throughout the month of February, on Perfect 10. Watch out for movies The Pink Panther and its sequel, A Shot in the Dark on 5th and 12th February respectively, The Party, on 19th February and rounding off is What's New Pussycat? on 26th February.

Read Below to catch some interesting trivia on these movies soon to come on PIX?

The Pink Panther

The role of Inspector Clouseau was originally offered to Peter Ustinov. Despite being relatively unknown internationally, Peter Sellers was offered the part, and was paid 90,000 pounds

The film was intended to have The Phantom, Sir Charles Lytton's character as the main character. However, this film and the sequels focused on the Character of Inspector Clouseau as Peter Sellers' portrayal of the same was extremely loved by the crew and the audience

An animated Pink Panther was created for the opening credits because writer and director Blake Edwards felt that the credits would benefit from some kind of cartoon character. The Pink Panther character was chosen from over a hundred alternative panther sketches. The Pink Panther introduced in the opening credits became a popular film and television character in his own right.

A Shot in the Dark

The movie was completed before The Pink Panther (1963), but shelved because the studio didn't think it was any good. The success of the first film made the executives decide to release the shelved film. This also explains the short time span between the release of the first film and this one.

This was the only official Clouseau film not to use the name "Pink Panther" nor use that cartoon character in the opening credits.

Peter Sellers was the first ever male to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine, in April 1964.

The Party

The only Blake Edwards -Peter Sellers collaboration that was not a Pink Panther film.

During the scene in which Peter Sellers wrecks the upstairs bathroom, the band downstairs can be heard playing "It Had Better Be Tonight," which was originally written and used both as a vocal and as an instrumental score in the first "Pink Panther" film.

This was said to be Elvis Presley's favorite movie.

What's New Pussy Cat?

The scene where Woody Allen's character celebrates his birthday on the wharf was filmed on December 1, 1964 - Woody's 29th birthday

Banned in Norway because of a scene where Peter Sellers tries to commit suicide by burning himself wrapped in a Norwegian flag.

When Woody Allen turned in his script it did not have a title. It stayed this way until one day he overheard Warren Beatty, talking to one of the hundreds of gorgeous women he was seeing at the time. His usual greeting of "What's new, pussycat?" was heard by Allen who screamed out "title!"

Get ready to rediscover Peter Sellers and fall in love with the best collection of his great comedies every Monday night on Perfect 10.

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