A Shot in the Dark

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A Shot in the Dark is a 1961 comic play by American playwright Harry Kunitz (1908-1968) [1],

The original text

It was adapted from and based on L'idiote [2] a comic mystery play by French playwright Marcel Achard (1899-1974) [3].

Translations and adaptations

It was made into a 1964 comedy film, also called A Shot in the Dark [4], which was the second installment in The Pink Panther film series directed by Blake Edwards and featuring Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the French Sûreté.

Performance history in South Africa

1962: Staged by Leonard Schach Productions, first in the Hofmeyr Theatre in Cape Town and later in the Playhouse Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by Leonard Schach, with Siegfried Mynhardt (Morestan), Kerry Jordan (Sevigne), Michael McGovern (Lablanche), Patricia Sanders (Antoinette), Patricia Denys (Josefa), Valerie Philip (Madame Beauveres), Yossi Graber (Beauveres) and Robert Hahn (Guard). Settings by Pamela Lewis.

1973: A Shot in the Dark was presented by NAPAC Drama, directed by Valerie Miller Brown at the Alhambra Theatre, Durban, from 4 June 1973 starring Mary Harrison and Bill Smale.


Leonard Schach Productions theatre programme, 1962.

Theatre programme (NAPAC production) held by NELM: [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 1. 53.

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