A murder has been committed at the palatial Parisian residence of Benjamin Ballon. All the evidence points to sexy, wide-eyed housemaid Maria Gambrelli. Police inspector Dreyfuss is prepared to make an arrest - and then the gloriously, monumentally inept Inspector Clouseau arrives on the scene. Clouseau may have difficulty getting through the day without falling into ponds, knocking people cold with opened doors, and pocketing flaming cigarette lighters, but his instincts are right on target when he decides that Mme. Gambrelli is being framed by someone else in the Ballon household. Even as the murder victims pile up, Clouseau is determined to prove Mme. Gambrelli's innocence. You'd never know it, but A Shot in the Dark was inspired by a standard three-act stage comedy by Harry Kurnitz, which in turn was adapted from the French play L'Idiote by Marcel Achard.