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The Naked Gun

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Ah, Leslie Nielsen as Detective Frank Drebin. One of the most brilliant and surprising casting choices in movie history helped produce three very funny movies: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, and The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult.

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How old are these movies now? Well, O.J. Simpson was in them, and he was a good guy. The Naked Gun films were the brainchild of the zany creative team of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker. These guys never met a pun they didn’t like.  For example:

Frank: It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Jane: Goodyear?
Frank: No, the worst.

[offering a cigar]
Vincent Ludwig: Cuban?
Frank: No, Dutch-Irish. My father was from Wales.

And I can’t let this post go without mentioning the scene in which Frank Drebin’s microphone is inadvertently activated while he’s in the bathroom. One of the longest laugh-out-loud scenes in movie history.

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