Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Funny, American Edition: Police Squad (In Color!) Intro and "Naked Gun 2 1/2" (1991)

After subjecting television viewers to a slew of mediocre television crime shows, spawned in the 1960s and 70's (with stoic, rigid and near-humorless law-and-order spouting walking manikin-coppers) from the likes of actor/producer Jack "Dragnet" Webb and Quinn Martin ("Streets of San Francisco", "Cannon" ,et al) producers David and Jerry Zucker finally did something about it.

After making a big pop culture success "Airplane" in 1980, they turned their attention to lampooning the old-style cop procedural with a short-lived six -episode series in 1982 called "Police Squad".

The show featured Canadian-born Leslie Nielsen, an actor previously trapped as a guest star in formal and uninspired roles as urban cops and detectives, as Frank Drevin of "Police Squad, A Special Branch of the Police Force".

The ratings were not good but the show took on a cult following in VHS releases. A big screen adaptation, "Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad" (1988) was a success. Nielsen was perfect in his comic turn on this material, and the actors and actresses around him spoofed some of the same stoic cops, femme fatales and one-dimensional big-time crime bosses they had played previously. Two more film sequels followed. Later Nielsen spent the last part of his career doing take-off films playing authority figures (vampires and U.S. Presidents) gone zany.


  1. From the 1991 film, featuring Nielsen, George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and a pre-infamous OJ Simpson as "Nordberg".

  2. Here's my favourite bit from Naked Gun

  3. That "beaver" thing was a total laugh!

  4. Ian: Here's my favourite bit: absolute four-star gag!

  5. Chuck: That 'beaver" thing was a total laugh.

    I nearly fell out of my chair a couple times at the theatre watching that and other unexpected gags.

    Who knew taxidermy could be so funny?

  6. "Who knew taxidermy could be so funny?"

    Nice beaver is a great line, but to follow it up with 'Thank You I just had it stuffed' is brilliant!

  7. LOL brilliant clips had tears rolling down my cheeks Doug, great stuff thanks for posting them :-D

  8. Me too. I had forgotten how funny that "widow interrogation" scene was. :-D

    You're welcome, AA.