In the fourth film of the long-running series, bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau's (Peter Sellers) long-suffering boss, Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), finally has been driven to a nervous breakdown by the detective and has been hospitalized in an asylum. Meanwhile, the hapless Clouseau has taken over his chores as chief of police. But Dreyfus escapes from his caretakers and, intent on finishing off Clouseau, captures renowned scientist Dr. Hugo Fassbinder (Richard Vernon), inventor of the death ray. Dreyfus threatens to use the ray to destroy the earth unless Clouseau is turned over to him at once. World leaders are called in to deal with the problem, including Dr. Henry Kissinger (Byron Kane) and Gerald Ford (Dick Crockett). It's finally decided to send a gorgeous Russian spy (Lesley-Anne Down) to lure him to his doom.
The eternally tormented chief inspector hatches a flamboyant plot to destroy Clouseau and rid the world of the most dangerous nitwit on earth. Academy Award Nominations: Best Song ("Come to Me").