The Party (1968) Online
By a twist of fate, the clumsy, but well-meaning aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after utterly ruining the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in this magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing, and everybody is in high spirits. But, much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party will end. What delightful disasters await?
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Peter Sellers||-||Hrundi V. Bakshi|
|Claudine Longet||-||Michele Monet|
|Marge Champion||-||Rosalind Dunphy|
|Al Checco||-||Bernard Stein|
|Corinne Cole||-||Janice Kane|
|Danielle De Metz||-||Stella D'Angelo (as Danielle de Metz)|
|Herbert Ellis||-||Director (as Herb Ellis)|
|Paul Ferrara||-||Ronnie Smith|
|Kathe Green||-||Molly Clutterbuck|
Associate producer Ken Wales nearly drowned during filming, after stuntman Dick Crockett shoved him into the foam-filled swimming pool as a joke. No-one had told either man that the foam was actually designed for use by firefighters, and absorbed oxygen in order to help put out fires, meaning that Wales couldn't breathe even when he was above the water, and had to be rescued by a couple of stagehands.
This film was improvised from a 56-page outline. Each scene was shot in sequence, and built upon the previous scene. To aid in this experiment, the film's producers had a video-camera tube attached to the Panavision camera and connected to an Ampex studio videotape machine, allowing the actors and crew to review what they had just filmed.
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.
The unusual red sculpture on the wall behind the dining room table is a Mexican "árbol de la vida" (tree of life). They are still manufactured today.
The only Blake Edwards -Peter Sellers collaboration that was not a Pink Panther film.
The interior of the mansion was a massive indoor set built at "The Lot" Studio, located at 1041 N. Formosa Avenue in West Hollywood, California. Not at the MGM studios in Culver City.
Production designer Fernando Carrere reused the fireplace he had designed for La pantera rosa (1963) in this film.
Bakshi's car is a Morgan Sports Model, built from 1932-1939. Note that is has right-hand drive like all UK vehicles.
When Hrundi is walking through the kitchen in search of a bathroom, Vin Scully can be heard calling a Dodger game on the radio. Scully called games for the Los Angeles Dodgers until 2016.
In the scene set in the boys bedroom a stuffed Pink Panther can be seen sitting on the chest of drawers. Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers had collaborated on 2 Pink Panther movies at this stage and went on to make 4 more together.
The Asian cook spoke in Cantonese, the main Chinese dialect spoken in Hong Kong.
Released on the day that Martin Luther King was assassinated.
This film was one of Elvis Presley's favorites.
The sequence in which Peter Sellers' character is repeatedly shot but continues playing his bugle call to rouse his troops is a merciless satire of Rudyard Kipling's Gunga Din, which had been made into a classic film in 1939.
The baseball game that Vin Scully is broadcasting is from August 29, 1967, the Dodgers vs. the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Lou Johnson is leading off the top of the 4th inning with the score tied 1-1. The Giants went on to win 11-1.