The Naked Gun (trilogy)

THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD (15)
D: David Zucker
Paramount (Robert K. Weiss)
US 1988
85 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Pat Proft
DP: Robert Stevens
Ed: Michael Jablow
Mus: Ira Newborn
PD: John Lloyd
 
Leslie Nielsen (Lt. Frank Drebin), Priscilla Presley (Jane Spencer), Ricardo Montalban (Vincent Ludwig), George Kennedy (Capt. Ed Hocken), O. J. Simpson (Det. Nordberg), Nancy Marchand (Mayor Barkley), Jeannette Charles (Queen Elizabeth II)
 
The first and best of the Naked Gun movies, starring Leslie Nielsen as calamatious police lieutenant Frank Drebin.

When his partner is hospitalised, the clumsy detective uncovers a plot surrounding a shady businessman to assassinate the Queen of England.

The film doesn't pretend to be big or clever, it's slapstick of the most basic kind and it does what it does hilariously well.  It's incredibly funny and gives Leslie Nielsen a role which he will forever be remembered for.

8/10

Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun
Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun
Frank Drebin is back. Just accept it.
Frank Drebin is back. Just accept it.
NAKED GUN 2 & A 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR (12)
D: David Zucker
Paramount (Robert K. Weiss)
US 1991
85 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: David Zucker & Pat Proft
DP: Robert Stevens
Ed: James Symons & Chris Greenbury
Mus: Ira Newborn
PD: John Lloyd
 

Leslie Nielsen (Lt. Frank Drebin), Priscilla Presley (Jane Spencer), George Kennedy (Capt. Ed Hocken), O. J. Simpson (Det. Nordberg), Robert Goulet (Quentin Hapsburg), Richard Griffiths (Dr. Albert Meinheimer/Earl Hacker)
 

Hapless cop Frank Drebin returns in a rather feeble sequel with pretty much the same formula from the first film. This time, it's a devious play to kidnap the US president's energy expert and replace him with a lookalike.

It's all quite innocent goofball fun, but it simply doesn't compare to the original in terms of laughs.

5/10

Priscilla Presley & Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun 2 & a 1/2
Priscilla Presley & Leslie Nielsen in The Naked Gun 2 & a 1/2

NAKED GUN 33 & A 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT (12)

D:  Peter Segal
Paramount (Robert K. Weiss & David Zucker) 
US 1994
82 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: David Zucker, Pat Proft & Robert LoCash
DP: Robert Stevens
Ed: Jim Symons
Mus: Ira Newborn
PD: Lawrence G. Paull
 
Leslie Nielsen (Lt. Frank Drebin), Priscilla Presley (Jane Spencer), George Kennedy (Capt. Ed Hocken), O. J. Simpson (Det. Nordberg), Fred Ward (Rocco Dillon), Kathleen Freeman (Muriel Dillon), Anna Nicole Smith (Tanya Peters)
 

The third and final Naked Gun movie pits clueless cop Lt. Drebin (now retired) against a crazed bomber who plans a terrorist attack at an Oscar ceremony.

It's slightly better than the second movie, but once again follows the same formula of silliness from the first movie without really adding anything.  Nevertheless, Leslie Nielsen is a comedy genius in this role but it must be said that Anna Nicole Smith is an absolutely diabolical actress.

5/10

The Naked Gun 33 & a 1/3
The Naked Gun 33 & a 1/3