Classic ‘Pink Panther’ a comedy gem

Jan 11, 2014
David Niven, Claudia Cardinale and a priceless bit of jewelry set the plot of “The Pink Panther” in motion.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. January’s theme is Laughter: the best medicine.

When it comes to laughter, nothing delivers like the original “The Pink Panther,” a nonrated film from 1962 that runs 115 minutes screened Jan. 17. After arriving at a winter resort with her "panther" — a large priceless diamond with the image of a leaping feline inside — a sexy princess (Claudia Cardinale) meets a debonair professional thief (David Niven). Can the ever-inept Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) stop him from pinching the gem? The classic comedy also stars Robert Wagner and French fashion model and actress Capucine.

The series will continue with “The Lady Eve” (1941, USA), Jan. 24; and “Hopscotch” (1981, USA), Jan. 31. Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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