1975 · United Kingdom - Blake Edwards
In the fictional country of Lugash, a mysterious thief breaks into the National Museum, sneaking past its elaborate security system, and makes off with the fabled Pink Panther diamond. The thief places a white monogrammed glove with a gold-tinted "P" as a calling card. The thief then escapes after a hot pursuit by the museum's security. As a result of it, Colonel Sharki of the Lugash Secret Police is brought in to investigate, and the Shah of Lugash requests the assistance of Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). Meanwhile, in France, the bumbling of Clouseau has resulted in his being demoted to beat cop by his boss, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), who despises Clouseau to the point of obsession. Dreyfus had just enforced a six-month suspension without pay on Clouseau for "bungling" a bank robbery, but maybe more out of spite in general. However, the French government forces Dreyfus to reinstate Clouseau as the Inspector of the Sûreté so that he can go to Lugash to investigate the theft of the fabled Pink Panther diamond.