Monday Mourning ~ Another Legend Lost ~ Blake Edwards

My God what a talent we lost on the 15th. I could have picked so many TV or Movie themes to attribute this man to. A 100 flooded through my mind at once. Of course the main one being The Pink Panther.

His collaboration with who in my opinion was a Genius, Henry Mancini . That man created and mastered the best musical scores ever put on-screen whether Movies or TV. Just a magnificent composer, conductor and arranger of Hollywood History and enhanced Blake Edwards Masterpieces even more. And from a young Jack Lemmon in ” The Days of Wine and Roses ” to a middle-aged one in ” That’s life “.  The product finished on the screen shined all the way around.

These talents of Lemmon and Mancini have been more than missed. Their talents irreplaceable. And now with them sadly is one of the best Writers, Producers and Directors of three generations. But all of them left us with memorable treasures we can all enjoy to the end of time.

Along with Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards wife of 41 years the world has also lost a Gem. That Pink Panther emblem was Edwards.

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Writer (62 titles)

2010 Pink Panther & Pals (TV series)
Remotely Pink/I Didn’t See That Coming/Pink Party of One (2010) (film “The Pink Panther)
 

2009 The Pink Panther 2 (characters)

 

2006 The Pink Panther (characters)

 

1995 Victor/Victoria (TV movie) (writer)

 

1993 Son of the Pink Panther (characters / screenplay / story)

 

1993 Pink Goes to Hollywood (Video Game) (characters)

 

1993 The Pink Panther (TV series)

 

1991 Switch (written by)

 

1989 Peter Gunn (TV movie) (writer)

 

1989 Skin Deep (written by)

 

1988 Justin Case (TV movie) (story / teleplay)

 

1988 Sunset (screenplay)

 

1986 That’s Life! (written by)

 

1986 A Fine Mess (written by)

 

1985 The Ferret (TV movie) (story)

 

1984 City Heat (story / as Sam O. Brown / writer / as Sam O. Brown)

 

1983 The Man Who Loved Women (screenplay)

 

1983 Curse of the Pink Panther (written by)

 

1982 Trail of the Pink Panther (screenplay / story)

 

1982 Victor Victoria (writer)

 

1981 S.O.B. (written by)

 

1979 10 (written by)

 

1978 Revenge of the Pink Panther (screenplay / story)

 

1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (screenplay)

 

1975 The Return of the Pink Panther (screenplay)

 

1974 The Tamarind Seed (screenplay)

 

1971 Wild Rovers (written by)

 

1970 Darling Lili (written by)

 

1969 The Monk (TV movie) (story)

 
1969 The Pink Panther Show (TV series)
Dial P for Pink (1969) (idea – uncredited)

Pickled Pink (1969) (idea – uncredited) – Pinkfinger (1969) (idea – uncredited) – Pink Ice (1969) (idea – uncredited) – Pink Pajamas (1969) (idea – uncredited) See all 12 episodes »

 

1968 The Party (screenplay / story)

 

1968 Inspector Clouseau (character)

 

1967 Gunn (screenplay / story)

 

1965 The Great Race (original story)

 

1964 A Shot in the Dark (screenplay)

 

1963 The Pink Panther (screenplay)

 

1963 Soldier in the Rain (writer)

 

1962 The Notorious Landlady (screenplay)

 
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV series)
The Boston Terrier (1962) (characters / story)
 

1962 The Couch (story)

 
1958-1961 Peter Gunn (TV series)
Murder on the Line (1961) (created and written by)

Down the Drain (1961) (writer) – Voodoo (1961) (creator / story) – Deadly Intrusion (1961) (creator) – Death Is a Four Letter Word (1961) (creator) See all 113 episodes »

 
1957-1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV series)
Running Scared (1960) (characters – uncredited)

East of Danger (1960) (characters – uncredited) – Accent on Murder (1960) (characters – uncredited) – The Lovely Fraud (1960) (characters – uncredited) – Double Trouble (1960) (characters – uncredited) See all 77 episodes »

 
1959-1960 Mr. Lucky (TV series)
Election Bet (1960) (creator)

Dangerous Lady (1960) (creator) – Odyssey of Hate (1960) (creator) – Stacked Deck (1960) (creator) – Operation Fortuna (1960) (creator) See all 34 episodes »

 

1958 This Happy Feeling (writer)

 

1957 Operation Mad Ball (screenplay)

 
1957 The Adventures of McGraw (TV series)
Tycoon (1957) (story and teleplay)
 

1957 Mister Cory (writer)

 

1956 He Laughed Last (screenplay / story)

 
1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV series)
The Payoff (1956) (story and teleplay)
 
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV series)
Double Cross (1956) (character)
 

1955 My Sister Eileen (screenplay)

 

1955 Bring Your Smile Along (writer)

 
1954-1955 The Mickey Rooney Show (TV series)
The Robot (1955) (characters)

The Guardian (1955) (characters) – The Surplus Store (1955) (characters) – The Giant Killer (1955) (characters) – Society Woman (1955) (characters) See all 33 episodes »

 

1954 The Atomic Kid (story)

 

1954 Drive a Crooked Road (writer)

 
1952-1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV series)
The Bomb (1954) (adaptation)

Indian Taker (1954) (adaptation) – The Hard Way (1953) (writer) – The Squeeze (1953) (original story and teleplay) – Trail’s End (1953) (adaptation) See all 6 episodes »

 

1953 Cruisin’ Down the River (writer)

 

1953 All Ashore (writer)

 

1952 Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (writer)

 

1949 Stampede (screenplay)

 

1948 Panhandle (story and screenplay)

 
Producer (27 titles)
 
1992 Julie (TV series) (executive producer – 2 episodes)
Happy Face (1992) (executive producer)

A Delicate Balance (1992) (executive producer)

 

1989 Peter Gunn (TV movie) (executive producer)

 

1988 Justin Case (TV movie) (executive producer)

 

1985 The Ferret (TV movie) (executive producer)

 

1983 The Man Who Loved Women (producer)

 

1983 Curse of the Pink Panther (producer)

 

1982 Trail of the Pink Panther (producer)

 

1982 Victor Victoria (producer)

 

1981 S.O.B. (producer)

 

1979 10 (producer)

 

1978 Revenge of the Pink Panther (producer)

 

1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again (producer)

 

1975 The Return of the Pink Panther (producer)

 

1973 Julie on Sesame Street (TV special) (executive producer)

 

1971 Wild Rovers (producer)

 

1970 Darling Lili (producer)

 

1968 The Party (producer)

 

1967 Gunn (executive producer – uncredited)

 

1964 A Shot in the Dark (producer)

 

1963 Soldier in the Rain (producer)

 

1963 Boston Terrier (TV movie) (executive producer)

 

1962 Experiment in Terror (producer)

 
1958-1961 Peter Gunn (TV series) (producer – 113 episodes)
Murder on the Line (1961) (producer)

Down the Drain (1961) (producer) – Voodoo (1961) (producer) – Deadly Intrusion (1961) (producer) – Death Is a Four Letter Word (1961) (producer) See all 113 episodes »

 
1959-1960 Mr. Lucky (TV series) (supervising producer – 34 episodes)
Election Bet (1960) (supervising producer)

Dangerous Lady (1960) (supervising producer) – Odyssey of Hate (1960) (supervising producer) – Stacked Deck (1960) (supervising producer) – Operation Fortuna (1960) (supervising producer) See all 34 episodes »

 

1949 Stampede (co-producer)

 

1948 Panhandle (producer)

 
Director (46 titles)
 

1995 Victor/Victoria (TV movie)

 
1992 Julie (TV series)
Happy Face (1992)

A Delicate Balance (1992)

 

1991 Switch

 

1989 Peter Gunn (TV movie)

 

1989 Skin Deep

 

1988 Justin Case (TV movie)

 

1988 Sunset

 

1987 Blind Date

 

1986 That’s Life!

 

1986 A Fine Mess

 

1984 Micki + Maude

 

1982 Victor Victoria

 

1981 S.O.B.

 

1979 10

 

1974 Julie and Dick at Covent Garden (TV movie)

 

1971 Wild Rovers

 

1970 Darling Lili

 

1968 The Party

 

1967 Gunn

 

1965 The Great Race

 
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV series)
The Boston Terrier (1962)
 

1960 High Time

 
1958-1959 Peter Gunn (TV series)
The Briefcase (1959)

The Comic (1959) – Let’s Kill Timothy (1959) – Death House Testament (1958) – Rough Buck (1958) See all 10 episodes »

 
1959 Mr. Lucky (TV series)
The Magnificent Bribe (1959)
 

1957 Mister Cory

 

1956 He Laughed Last

 
1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV series)
Detective’s Holiday (1954)

The Bomb (1954) – Indian Taker (1954)

A must read: New York Times Blake Edwards, Prolific Comedy Director, Dies at 88

Excerpt:

A lifelong depressive, Mr. Edwards tοld Thе Nеw York Times іn 2001 thаt аt one point hіѕ depression wаѕ ѕο bаd thаt hе became “seriously suicidal.” Aftеr deciding thаt shooting himself wουld bе tοο messy аnd drowning tοο uncertain, hе dесіdеd tο slit hіѕ wrists οn thе beach аt Malibu whіlе looking аt thе ocean. Bυt whіlе hе wаѕ holding a two-sided razor, hіѕ Grеаt Dane ѕtаrtеd licking hіѕ ear, аnd hіѕ retriever, еаgеr fοr a game οf fetch, dropped a ball іn hіѕ lap. Attempting tο gеt thе dog tο gο away, Mr. Edwards threw thе ball, dropped thе razor аnd dislocated hіѕ shoulder. “Sο I thіnk tο myself,” hе ѕаіd, “thіѕ јυѕt isn’t a day tο commit suicide.” Trying tο retrieve thе razor, hе stepped οn іt аnd еndеd up іn thе emergency room.

( My LOL )

If thаt wаѕ a shaggy-dog ѕtοrу, іt wаѕ аlѕο thе kind οf black farce thаt filled Mr. Edwards’s later films. Thеѕе movies wеrе οftеn οn thе far edge οf comedy, whеrе sexual pain аnd sexual pleasure аrе mixed wіth politically incorrect stereotypes аnd a bleak worldview tο mаkе audiences laugh аnd squirm аt thе same time. In “S.O.B.” a movie director саnnοt successfully commit suicide bυt іѕ kіllеd јυѕt whеn hіѕ failed movie hаѕ bееn turned іntο a box-office smash, аnd аn elderly man whο hаѕ a heart attack οn thе beach lies dead οn thе sand fοr two days, ignored bу everyone except hіѕ faithful dog.

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Mr. Blake everyone who loved your works are so glad you stuck around with us. Ironically it is that kind of personal pain in-which the best art is created. Sadly nobody knows the kind of pain you’re in but you. It makes people having appreciated your existence even more that even through your life’s worst times, you were still willing to share with us your undying talent.

Thank You

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