Director: David Zucker
Summary: Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad’s own granite-jawed, rock-brained cop Frank Drebin, who bumbles across a mind-control scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, a stuffed beaver, two baseball teams and an odd assortment of others join the wacko goings-on and blow the laugh-o-meter to smithereens.
Times Watched: 3
My Experience: I’ve seen this as a teenager and an adult, and I think I laughed about the same amount each time, though perhaps on different jokes. Zucker is pretty great at slapstick. Nielsen is great too, and he’s at his best when being directed by Zucker. Even sophomoric jokes (“thanks, I just had it stuffed!”) go over well because of how well its directed. Nielsen’s turn at umpire during the Angels game is classic.
I just noticed something in that scene. At one point we see one of the players hit a grand slam, as four guys are running around the bases. But at no point does the scoreboard show anything higher than two runs scored in an inning. Whoops.