The organ grinder scene in RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (dir. Blake Edwards, 1975)

The Return of the Pink Panther stars Peter Sellers as the bumbling French detective, Inspector Clouseau. In this scene, Clouseau encounters a blind organ grinder and his monkey performing without a license on a Paris street corner. The dialog between them regarding the missing permit is typical of Clouseau’s style of police work. Although he is adamant about the organ grinder’s violation of the city ordinance, Clouseau becomes so closely focused on the situation that he misses the larger events unfolding around him—despite the monkey’s warning. The other thing that makes this scene so amusing is how Clouseau’s lack of awareness inadvertently provides a crucial assist to the bank robbers. This scene represents the great Peter Sellers at his best!

–Nathan Shrader