Lock Yourself In Weekend: Peter Sellers


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The reason had trouble with his identity is because he was everyone. Men, women, children of every ethnicity and action.  Sellers put on personalities the way other people put on clothes.  He’s been called Great Britain’s finest comedic actor since Charlie Chaplin, and deservedly so.  Off screen Sellers could be dark and even threatening. He blazed through four marriages and his on-set blow ups with directors  are the stuff of legend. He also was a phenomenal physical comedian with an astounding arsenal of accents. He could go low brow to high brow in the same scene.  He was quite simply, a genius.

If any of this is news to you, then you are in need of a Peter Sellers “Lock Yourself in Weekend.” Buy, rent or borrow these classic films, cook up some hot fresh popcorn, and clear out your weekend for the perfect weekend long Peter Sellers film festival.

1.  The Mouse that Roared

Sellers plays three different roles in this film about a tiny European country that declares war on the United States of America.  Their plan is to quickly lose the war and then benefit from the foreign aid that the U.S. bestows on the defeated.

Order The Mouse That Roared on Amazon.com

2.  Lolita

Sellers plays Clare Quilty in Kubrick’s adaptation of the classic Nabokov novel. You might guess that a film about two pedophiles fighting over an underage girl would not be funny. You would be very wrong.

Order Lolita [Blu-ray] on Amazon.com.

3.  Dr Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb

Produced and directed by Stanley Kurbrick and co-written with Terry Southern. Dr Strangelove is the greatest dark comedy of all time. Sellers again in three different roles. A masterpiece.

Order Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Special Edition) on Amazon.com.

4.  The Party

The world is far too P.C. to ever remake Blake Edwards’ The Party. Sellers plays Hrundi V. Bakshi a naive actor from India reeking havoc on a Hollywood party.

5.  Being There

Seller’s last great work, Hal Ashby’s Being There. Through a slew of misunderstandings “Chauncey” the gardener– a man child — rises to great influence in Washington DC.

Rent “Being There” on Amazon.com

6.  The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, and The Revenge of the Pink Panther

The Pink Panther series of films are Sellers most famous work and star his beloved character, Inspector Clouseau. Closuseau is a totally inept police detective causing chaos where ever he goes. Despite his bumbling incompetence he remains a confident egomaniac.

Rent A Shot in the Dark, Return Of the Pink Panther, The Pink Panther (1963), Revenge Of the Pink Panther on Amazon.com.

17 Comments

  1. DeathProof

    February 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Absolutely love Peter Sellers. If you haven’t seen Being There do so as soon as you can.

  2. Chlam Lydia

    February 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    The Party! “Birdie Num Num?”

  3. bmqq316

    February 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I still love “Murder By Death”.

  4. Binary Daoist

    February 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Being There is so daoist

  5. Toin Coss

    February 21, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Dr. Strangelove, Being There and The Mouse that Roared 123

  6. StewartSmithRadio

    February 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    If you’re a Whovian, “Mouse That Roared” co-stars First Doctor William Hartnell for most of the film. And “The Party” is like a 60’s version of a Three Stooges short.

  7. EdFromjersey

    February 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    The parallel bars scene in The Pink Panther Strikes Again is one of the funniest things in cinema history

  8. yourmomstaint

    February 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    An awesome cast of characters took it from a goofy, fairly basic comedy that was pretty predictable to a true classic. Very underrated.

  9. StewartSmithRadio

    February 21, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    That movie has absolutely no plot. And you won’t give a shit that it doesn’t.

  10. CamM

    February 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Being There is incredible but might be the worst possible movie you could recommend to a friend with “simpler” taste in films. Anyone who can’t stay with it will consider it the worst thing they’ve ever seen.

  11. TheOandAKid

    February 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Kill Shelby.  Kokomo Joe and Dana need to be hired.

  12. Jerry Jervy

    February 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    My father said “the pheun is wringinng” every time there was a call my whole childhood. Good stuff, buddays.

  13. Tinieblas

    February 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Lolita is my favorite Sellers performance. Jaded, slimy intellectual with a taste for underage girls. Very dark and funny.

  14. BigMikeAris

    February 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve seen most of these.  The Party is a level of funny that doesn’t even exist anymore.  And then Being There is so smartfunny in a different way.

  15. BigMikeAris

    February 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    CamfrmToronto  But that friend would love The Party.

  16. BigMikeAris

    February 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    StewartSmithRadio  Tell that to Agatha Christie, and the people who made Clue.

  17. BigMikeAris

    February 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    bmqq316  Great movie.  Very under-seen.