Herbert Lom will best be remembered as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus to Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau. He would play the role a half dozen times (seven if you include the clips in Trail of the Pink Panther) even though his character is not in the original The Pink Panther movie (1963). He showed up in the sequel, A Shot in the Dark (1964) and went through The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), and Son of the Pink Panther (1993).
I loved all the horror movies he did in the 60s and 70s. He was the Phantom in Hammer’s The Phantom of the Opera (1962) and appeared in Mark of the Devil (1970), Count Dracula (1970), Dorian Gray (1970), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971), Asylum (1972), …And Now the Screaming Starts (1973) and The Dead Zone (1983). I have a special spot in my heart for his role as Dr. Hassler in Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969). How my poor mother would love to hear the words ‘Dr. Hassler’. /sigh
He appeared in plenty of classic movies as well. He was a great Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island (1961). Lom also appeared in Spartacus, El Cid, Gambit, and War and Peace. Netflix has several of his appearances on streaming. The two I’d most recommend are:
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) – Rated G
“When the priceless Pink Panther diamond is stolen yet again, the inimitable Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is saved from an unwilling early retirement and sent to the country of Lugash to investigate and return the jewel to its proper owner. Certain that the heist is the work of a suave jewel thief, Clouseau unleashes his formidable array of outlandish disguises — and preposterous deductive powers — in madcap pursuit of the wily criminal.”
Hopscotch (1980) – Rated R
“One of the CIA’s top international operatives, Miles Kendig is suddenly relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, Kendig begins writing a memoir that exposes the secrets of every intelligence agency in the world.”
Goodbye Mr. Lom – you will be missed.