Comedy Film Festival 2012

“The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”

Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (Paramount, 1988)

Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” (Paramount, 1988)

“The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” (Paramount, 1988). Another silly spoof from the creative team that brought you “Airplane!” and “Top Secret!” This time, they lampoon cop shows. Leslie Nielsen plays Detective Frank Drebin from the Los Angeles “Police Squad,” a division of the LAPD. While investigating the shooting of a fellow cop, Drebin uncovers a dastardly plot to kill Queen Elizabeth on an upcoming visit to Los Angeles. Also along for the ride are O.J. Simpson (really), Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy and Ricardo Montalban as the villianous Vincent Ludwig. Ridiculous, juvenile and fantastic. Based on the short-lived “Police Squad!” TV show from 1982 (which is also worth checking out). Written by Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Pat Proft. Directed by David Zucker. “Frank, they’re not here for you. ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is on the plane.”

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