The Party

Sellers gets to do his funny accent as an accident-prone Indian actor brought to Hollywood, fired for inadvertently sabotaging the movie (a briefly hilarious parody of Gunga Din), and invited in error to a posh party at the studio chief's home. From there on, Blake Edwards flexes his Jacques Tati muscles, spinning an elaborate garland of gags around one rather drawn-out situation as Sellers - seconded by a drunken waiter and a baby elephant - innocently reduces the party by degrees to an apocalyptic shambles and his hosts to gibbering wrecks. Quite a few very funny moments, but one doesn't laugh so much as admire the ingenuity.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Blake Edwards
Screenwriter: Tom Waldman, Blake Edwards, Frank Waldman
Cast: Peter Sellers
Fay McKenzie
Marge Champion
J Edward McKinley
Claudine Longet