During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been watching a lot of comedies. One of our favorites is The Naked Gun, a1988 crime comedy film directed by David Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. The movie stars Leslie Nielsen as the bumbling police lieutenant Frank DrebinPriscilla PresleyRicardo MontalbánGeorge Kennedy, and O. J. Simpson also star in supporting roles. The Naked Gun is an extension of the TV series Police Squad which features slap-stick comedy and plenty of silliness. Leslie Nielsen’s dead-pan delivery of comic lines is legendary.

The Naked Gun was a hit movie and spawned two sequels: The Naked Gun ​2 12: The Smell of Fear (1991) and Naked Gun ​33 13: The Final Insult (1994). Are you a fan of these movies? What comedies are you watching during the Age of Coronavirus? GRADE: A

19 thoughts on “THE NAKED GUN [DVD]

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    Loved The Naked Gun movies and Airplane. Haven’t watched many comedies lately. Did rewatch The Big Lebowski for the umpteenth time. Clockwise with John Cleese. Borat 2. That’s about it.

  2. Patti Abbott

    Not so much. Puns, pratfalls and silliness elude me. Never found THE THREE STOOGES funny, for instance. (Or even THE MARX BROTHERS) I know I am a stodgy old lady.

    1. george Post author

      Patti, comedy is subjective. I remember going to see ARTHUR with Dudley Moore and the couple with us laugh hysterically throughout the whole movie. I never laughed once.

  3. maggie mason

    I enjoyed them, but remember Nielsen as Swamp Fox in an early disney show

    What cheers me up is the Graham Norton shows (wish they were for sale, I’d buy the entire series)

    Also on you tube, the Andrew Cotter “sports shows” featuring his 2 labs, Olive & Mabel. There is one he did in Australia, calling a penguin “race” that is also hysterical.

    Olive & Mabel have trick or treated, sought love online, tried to make $ on line, had eating contest, and stood in a fetid pond for no reason. I love these, and bought a signed (and pawed) first edition of the book he wrote about life with them.

    1. george Post author

      Maggie, I remember SWAMP FOX, too. I find it extraordinary that Leslie Nielsen was able to transition from a dramatic actor to a comic one. Not easy to do.

  4. Michael Padgett

    I’m sure I’ve seen “Airplane”, maybe twice, but not lately. And I probably saw “The Naked Gun” but not the two sequels. The 80s were a long time ago. The kind of things I tend to watch are not at all affected by the state of the world.

  5. Deb

    Enjoyed the movies, but I’m not a repeat watcher. We’re making our way through Seinfeld on Hulu right now. John & the girls have been watching the Pink Panther movies (they’re a little too OTT for me). And there’s always Monty Python and Blackadder.

  6. Jeff Meyerson

    Yes, a fan of THE NAKED GUN and POLICE SQUAD as well as AIRPLANE. Leslie Nielsen was definitely born to do comedy.

    The only comedies we’ve been watching have been SCHITT’S CREEK and DERRY GIRLS and THE WINDSORS and THE GOOD PLACE, plus old British favorites like THE GOOD LIFE and ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE, plus the occasional SEINFELD or THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW or I LOVE LUCY. We have a number of favorite movies on DVD too.

  7. Cap'n Bob Napier

    I won’t watch Priscilla Presley but saw these movies before she went nuts! I watch the Three Stooges, who ARE funny, and Seinfeld clips on YouTube!

  8. Jeff Meyerson

    I love THE BIG LEBOWSKI but Jackie only tolerates it. Another favorite: IT’S A GIFT, the W. C. Fields classic. Of course there is ANIMAL HOUSE.


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