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Finding Lost Sellers

Webner House

In 1957, Peter Sellers was one of the stars of The Goon Show on the BBC radio network, but he aspired to be something more.  So, he made two short films that were supposed to show his capabilities as an actor on the big screen.

The two movies, each 30 minutes long, were called Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good for You.  They must have worked, because Sellers went on to a storied and brilliant movie career that included such classics as The Mouse That Roared, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita, a gaggle of hysterical stints as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther franchise, and his crowning achievement — the timeless portrayal of Chance, the Gardener in Being There.  Sellers’ stunning depiction of the dim-witted yet earnest and good-natured man whose vapid comments were treated as morsels of the greatest wisdom is one of the…

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