Police Squad
Paramount Pictures (1982)
Action, Comedy, Crime
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IMDB   8.5
150 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Leslie Nielsen Frank Drebin
Alan North Capt. Ed Hocken
Rex Hamilton Abraham Lincoln
Ed Williams Ted Olson
William Duell Johnny the Snitch
Peter Lupus Norberg
Joe Dante
Producer Jim Abrahams
Robert K. Weiss
Writer Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Musician Ira Newborn

The hilarious exploits of Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) are played out in this original TV series from the early eighties. Drebin is the typical clichéd police detective who is parodied and skewered by the shows’ writers to perfection. This show was the precursor to the Naked Gun films, and follows Lieutenant Drebin as he bumbles his way into solving the crimes of a typical police house and the crimes of the city, but with a hilarious spin. Only six episodes were produced of this series, but each one contains more humor than an average comedy film today, and is well worth repeated viewing.
 30 mins    3/4/1982  1.  A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)
Sally, a bank teller deeply in debt, robs her own bank and plants evidence that implicates a fairly commonplace man who was present during the crime. Police Squad, a special unit of the police force, is called to investigate a double shooting that happened during the robbery. However, the stories just don't add up. The evidence builds and points in Sally's direction, but it's up to Frank to find the clues that will put her away.
Director:  Jim Abrahams  /  David Zucker  /  Jerry Zucker  Writer:  Jim Abrahams  / David Zucker  / Jerry Zucker 
Guest starring:  Lorne Greene, Barbara Tarbuck, Terry Wills, Terrence Beasor, Russell Shannon, Jimmy Briscoe,  Kathryn Leigh Scott
 30 mins    3/11/1982  2.  Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)
Frank investigates a veteran boxer who lately has been throwing his fights. He takes the boxer under his wing in order to expose the boxer's corrupt manager. Unfortunately, the manger has kidnapped the boxer's girlfriend and put the boxer's title fight in jeopardy. Frank now tries to save the boxer's girlfriend in the hopes that the boxer won't have to throw the match so he can have a shot at rejuvenating his career in the ring.
Director:  Joe Dante  / David Misch  Writer:  Robert Wuhl  / Tino Insana 
Guest starring:  Georg Stanford Brown, Rudy Solari, Patrick St. Esprit, Tessa Richarde, Floyd Levine, Irwin Keyes, Grand Bush
 30 mins    3/18/1982  3.  The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)
The daughter of a wealthy business man is kidnapped on her 18th birthday and Police Squad swings into action. The main suspect of their investigation is the girl's boyfriend. When Frank and Ed listen to a recording of the kidnapper's demands, they hear the distinct sound of a tuba in the background, though it could also be a ship's horn. They search for a tuba store. When they do track down and find the kidnapper, the criminal fights back.
Director:  Georg Stanford Brown  / Robert K. Weiss  / Deborah Hwang  Writer:  Pat Proft 
Guest starring:  Robert GouletPeter Lupus, Tommy Lasorda, Nicolas Coster, Lilibet Stern, Byron Webster, Ken Michelman, Peter Elbing, K Callan
 30 mins    3/25/1982  4.  Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)
Frank investigates a district judge's courtroom after it is booby-trapped with a powerful explosive. The main suspect is a recently paroled ex-convict with a history of similar bombings. Upon questioning the bomber's ex-wife, Frank and Ed find she's more interested in getting charity than the fact that her ex-husband may be up to his old tricks. Frank and Ed discover the bomber has a showgirl girlfriend on the side. She has the perfect alibi for her boyfriend, but Frank and Ed wonder if she's really just covering for him.
Director:  Paul Krasny  Writer:  Nancy Steen  / Neil Thompson 
Guest starring:  William ShatnerPeter Lupus, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Spence Milligan, Bonnie Campbell-Britton, K.T. O'Sullivan
 30 mins    7/1/1982  5.  Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)
The mob sets up an "insurance" scam that threatens several businesses and residents. Frank and Nordberg go to investigate. After a dance instructor is beaten up, they set up their own shop - a key-making and locksmith store - and go undercover. When the mob stops by to offer them "insurance", Frank dismisses their threats and the mob strikes their store. Frank ends up having the key to stopping the crime wave, largely because of the key-making and locksmith shop he and Nordberg set up.
Director:  Reza Badiyi  / Pat Proft  Writer:  Nancy Steen  / Neil Thompson 
Guest starring:  Florence Henderson,  Peter Lupus, Al Ruscio, Robert Costanzo,  John Ashton, Connie Needham, Rebecca Holden
 30 mins    7/8/1982  6.  Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)
A struggling comedian owes money to the owner of a nightclub. When his body is discovered at the bottom of a cliff in a car crash, all the clues point to suicide. It is later discovered that the comedian was also a police informant on a drug ring he infiltrated at his nightclub. Frank steps in and takes the place of the deceased at the nightclub in order to gather more clues.
Director:  Joe Dante  Writer:  Robert Wuhl  / Tino Insana 
Guest starring:  William Conrad,  Peter Lupus, Dick Clark,  Dick Miller, Claudette Nevins, Wayne Winton, Jerry Lane
Edition Details
Edition The Complete Series
Series Police Squad!
Distributor Paramount
Release Date 11/7/2006
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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