Good shows get cancelled all the time. It’s a fact of life. Thanks to the Internet and the community of like-minded folks it has created, it’s not uncommon to see a group of fans rally together to attempt a resurrection of their favorite cancelled show. Sometimes the result is another season or a comic book continuation. It’s rare, though, to see a cancelled make the transition to the big screen. But not unprecedented.
In 1982, “Police Squad!” aired its last episode. A weekly spoof series created by David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams and starring Leslie Nielsen, the show spoofed police procedurals. It only lasted six episodes. This would not be the end of Frank Drebin, Nielsen’s character.
In 1988, Nielsen would star in THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF THE POLICE SQUAD!, a film from the same creative team as “Police Squad!.” The film would not only resurrect Nielsen’s bumbling police lieutenant character, it would transform him into a pop culture icon – paving the way for a film franchise and a whole new career for Nilesen.
THE NAKED GUN co-stars Priscilla Presley, ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy and OJ Simpson – in other words, one of the most motley crew of supporting actors ever assembled. “Weird Al” Yankovic even made an appearance!
We’re screening THE NAKED GUN twice this month at the Alamo Drafthouse so don’t miss your chance to see this American comedy classic on the big screen again. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll wonder why OJ Simpson didn’t pursue a career in comedy.