The Naked Gun media franchise, also known as Police Squad!, consists of several American crime spoof-comedies, based on an original story written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. The installments include one television series, and three theatrical films. The plot centers around a police detective with a lot of heart, despite being less-than intelligent. Leslie Nielsen stars in each installment in the protagonist role of Det. Sgt. Franklin "Frank" Drebin, with a fourth film starring Liam Neeson as Frank Drebin Jr. in active development as of 2022.
|The Naked Gun|
|Created by||David Zucker|
|Original work||Police Squad! (1982)|
|Films and television|
|Film(s)||The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)|
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
|Television series||Police Squad! (1982)|
|Budget||$65 million (Total of 3 films)|
|Box office||$477 million (Total of 3 films)|
Police Squad! (1982)Edit
An American crime spoof-comedy television series that was broadcast through the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) network in 1982. The series starred Leslie Nielsen in the first franchise installment as Franklin "Frank" Drebin, and was co-created/written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. Parodying police procedurals, the series featured the use of sight gags, wordplay and non sequiturs. Although the show was canceled after six episodes, it was later followed by the successful film series, and in 2013 TV Guide ranked it #7 on its list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".
|The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!||December 2, 1988||David Zucker||Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Pat Proft||Robert K. Weiss|
|The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear||June 28, 1991||David Zucker & Pat Proft|
|Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||March 18, 1994||Peter Segal||Pat Proft and
David Zucker & Robert LoCash
|Robert K. Weiss and David Zucker|
|Untitled film||TBA||TBA||Seth MacFarlane and
David Zucker & Pat Proft
|David Zucker & Pat Proft and
Thomas Lennon & R. Ben Garant
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)Edit
Detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) tries to uncover a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II, who is on a state visit to the USA. The main suspect is Vincent Ludwig, a rich businessman (Ricardo Montalbán), who uses a hypnotic device to turn others into murderers. As with previous ZAZ spoof comedies, the plot was mostly culled from another—more serious—movie. In this case, it was Telefon wherein people were triggered into assassins via hypnotic phone calls (indeed, dialogue in the post-hypnotic suggestion demonstration scene is copied word-for-word from Telefon).
On the case, Drebin falls in love with Ludwig's assistant, Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley). She knows nothing about Ludwig's plot, and after the pair spends the night together, Jane helps with Frank's investigation.
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)Edit
Frank discovers that Jane's new boyfriend, Quentin Hapsburg (Robert Goulet), is involved in an evil plan to kidnap Dr. Albert S. Meinheimer (Richard Griffiths), a scientist whom President George H. W. Bush (John Roarke) has chosen to determine a new national energy policy. Hapsburg plans to kidnap the real Dr. Meinheimer and replace him with a lookalike named Earl Hacker (also portrayed by Griffiths) who will endorse an energy policy according to the dictates of the energy lobby.
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)Edit
In the third film of the series, Frank is married to Jane, and he has retired from Police Squad. The film introduces the criminal Rocco Dillon (Fred Ward), who is stuck in prison. He is contacted by someone called Papshmir to be given a target for a bombing. Frank is pulled out of retirement. He goes undercover pretending to be a prisoner named "Nick 'the Slasher' McGurk Jr., III" at the jail where Dillon is being held, and they break out of jail. Outside they are escorted by Dillon's gangster mother (Kathleen Freeman) to his country retreat, where Frank also meets Rocco's voluptuous moll (Anna Nicole Smith). The gang plots to blow up the Academy Awards. When Jane arrives looking for Frank, she is taken hostage.
In December 2013, Paramount Pictures announced that a reboot of The Naked Gun franchise was in development with Ed Helms cast in the role of Frank Drebin, while the script was being co-written by Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant. By January 2014, Garant revealed that the working title of the project is "Episode IV: A New Hope", while announcing that it is intended to be a sequel to the original films. Helms will portray a character that introduces himself as "Frank Drebin, no relation" so that the movie can introduce a new protagonist without contradicting what came before. In March 2015, David Zucker stated that he was offered a producing role on the project, but had denied being involved as he felt like it would differ in comedic style and ultimately be inferior to his original films. In August 2015, Helms confirmed that the script was still being written, while acknowledging the concerns that Zucker had with a modern-day audience reception and a need for something other than the spoof genre of the previous movies. By March 2017, a re-write of the script was being completed by David Zucker and Pat Proft, with the plot being reworked to feature the son of Frank Drebin.
In January 2021, it was announced that Seth MacFarlane had be hired to further develop the project. After MacFarlane had previously expressed interest in 2015, in casting Liam Neeson as Frank Deblin Jr., in a role similar to Frank Drebin, the filmmaker was hired by the studio. Neeson revealed that the filmmaker alongside Paramount Pictures had approached him to star in the new movie. In June of the same year, Neeson confirmed that MacFarlane is working on a new draft of the script, with the studio entering early negotiations to court the filmmaker as director as well. He expressed excitement for the project and the potential of exploring a comedic role, something different from his acting career, should he decide to star in the movie; while stating that development on the project is ongoing. In February 2022, Neeson again confirmed that he is being courted by Paramount to star in the film.
The Naked Gun: ICUP (2012)Edit
The Naked Gun: ICUP, a point and click and adventure game, was released by Gamecentric Media and Paramount in 2011. The story and concept were penned by Robert LoCash, a writer of the third Naked Gun film. A press release by Gamecentric about the read "Spoofing modern crime dramas and lampooning popular video games, THE NAKED GUN: ICUP is designed as a continuation of the classic film franchise for the digital age. The game will be serialized over six episodes starting this fall with a new episode debuting monthly. Each episode will be fully voice-acted by top Hollywood talent to deliver a classic story-driven adventure supported by the itemized incentive structure of current popular social network games." Due to Leslie Nielsen's death in 2010, voice actor A. J. Locascio took over as Frank Drebin Jr., the son of the original character.
Recurring cast and charactersEdit
|A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)||Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)||The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)||Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)||Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)||Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)||The Naked Gun:
From the Files of Police Squad!
|The Naked Gun 2½:
The Smell of Fear
|Naked Gun 33⅓:
The Final Insult
|Det. Lt. Franklin "Frank" Drebin||Leslie Nielsen||Photograph|
|Franklin "Frank" Drebin, Jr.||Adam Hasart||Liam Neeson|
|Jane Spencer-Drebin||Priscilla Presley|
|Det. Fred Nordberg||Peter Lupus||O. J. Simpson|
|Cpt. Ed Hocken||Alan North||George Kennedy|
|Ted Olson||Ed Williams|
|Big Al||Ronald "Tiny Ron" Taylor|
|Johnny the Snitch||William Duell|
|Abraham Lincoln||Rex Hamilton|
|Vincent Ludwig||Ricardo Montalbán|
|Quentin Hapsburg||Robert Goulet|
|Rocco Dillon||Fred Ward|
|Papshmir||Raye Birk||Raye Birk|
|"Weird Al" Yankovic||Himself||Police station thug||Himself|
Additional crew and production detailsEdit
|Police Squad!||Ira Newborn||Sherman Kunkel||Tom Benko,
and Malcolm Campbell
|Paramount Television||American Broadcasting Company,
CBS Television Distribution
|144 minutes |
(@ approx. 24mins/episode)
|The Naked Gun:
From the Files of Police Squad!
|Robert M. Stevens||Michael Jablow||Paramount Pictures Corp.||Paramount||85 minutes|
|The Naked Gun 2½:
The Smell of Fear
& James R. Symons
un film de David Zucker
|Paramount Pictures Corporation|
|Naked Gun 33⅓:
The Final Insult
|James R. Symons||Paramount Pictures||82 minutes|
Box office performanceEdit
|Film||US/Canada gross||International gross||Total gross|
|The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!||$78,756,177||$73,689,000||$152,445,177|
|The Naked Gun 21⁄2: The Smell of Fear||$86,930,411||$105,310,000||$192,240,411|
|Naked Gun 331⁄3: The Final Insult||$51,132,598||$81,273,000||$132,405,598|
Critical and public responseEdit
|Police Squad!||90% (31 reviews)||N/A||N/A|
|The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!||87% (54 reviews)||76 (13 reviews)||A−|
|The Naked Gun 21⁄2: The Smell of Fear||57% (40 reviews)||65 (21 reviews)||B+|
|Naked Gun 331⁄3: The Final Insult||54% (35 reviews)||63 (21 reviews)||B+|
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