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The Party(1968)

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Hrundi V. Bakshi, an actor on the New Delhi stage, is brought to Hollywood to play the title role in Son of Gunga Din. Bakshi is a bungler, however, and before long he has accidentally blown up the picture's most expensive location set. The enraged studio head, Fred Clutterbuck, vows that the Indian will never work in Hollywood again and writes his name on a slip of paper. Clutterbuck's secretary, however, misinterprets the memo and adds Bakshi's name to the guest list for a lavish party her boss is giving at his home. Once at the party, Bakshi stumbles into the producer's flower bed, loses his muddy shoe in the hors d'oeuvres, knocks a servant through a plate glass window, inadvertently turns on the lawn sprinklers, and slides off the roof into the pool. Then Clutterbuck's daughter Molly arrives with some of her college friends and a baby elephant painted in psychedelic colors. Shocked that one of India's revered beasts should be treated with such disrespect, Bakshi talks Molly and her fellow students into washing the elephant in one of the indoor pools. As some of the other guests join in, the house and lawn become engulfed in mountains of soapsuds, and before the party finally ends, the driveway is jammed with fire engines, police cars, an ambulance, and an SPCA truck. Clutterbuck eventually recognizes Bakshi and tries to strangle him, but the Indian manages to escape with a pretty starlet, Michele Monet.