Learn more about Amazon Prime. Skip to main content. Verified Purchase. From the Files of Police Squad is still as funny today as it was in Even to this day, I cannot help but think of Leslie Nelson's butchering of the national anthem while I watch major league baseball games. Read more. A timeless classic.
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One umpire ejected two others. A tiger mauled a base runner sliding into second base. An outfielder tried to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. The scene featured the Angels versus the Seattle Mariners in a showdown that would decide the lead in the American League West. Never mind that the game was played inside Dodger Stadium, with a Los Angeles police detective serving as an undercover umpire after having bungled the national anthem while posing as a renowned opera singer. Frank Drebin, crooned after having karate-chopped tenor Enrico Pallazzo into submission in order to steal his tuxedo. The hijinks have developed more than a cult following in the 30 years since the film was released. In , SI listed the scene as its favorite from a non-sports movie. The scene centers on the earnest but blundering Drebin, who finagles his way onto the field while attempting to foil the assassination of the queen.
Can you name the lyrics from the US National Anthem as sang by Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun?
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But the entire plot of this classic film hangs on hardball. But not this movie, not in the hands of four baseball nuts with a penchant for zaniness. But what will he do? How will it be funny? Not that the story should be the main appeal of a parody, just that there must be a good story for the jokes to serve. Ideally, a strong third act not only brings the story to a conclusion, but it helps the main character evolve, even in a parody. What has he learned?