The Naked Gun

The late and much lamented Leslie Nielsen built a comedy franchise on the failure of the short-lived Police Squad! TV series, a creation of the David Zucker-Jim Abrahams-Jerry Zucker comedy cartel. Priscilla Presley co-stars in the 1988 spoof, gamely and effectively. Then there's O.J. Simpson, a different matter. But let's remember Nielsen's expert deadpan in delivering lines like these: "A parachute not opening... that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go." "It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day." And of course, "Nice beaver!" (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

Mon., Dec. 13, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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