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Naked Gun 2½: The Smell Of Fear (1991)

Billed on release as the latest film from the brother of the man who directed Ghost (1990) – and complete with a wonderful send-up of the pottery scene from that film – this second instalment from the files of Police Squad is a deliriously funny delight.

Leslie Nielsen, as the steadfastly stupid Frank Drebin, starts off by wrecking a White House reception, then proceeds to blunder his way through an investigation into a group of corrupt businessmen plotting to stave off radical new changes to the energy industry.

Many of the original cast (George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and the infamous OJ Simpson) return for this sequel, and there’s also strong support from villain Robert Goulet, Lloyd Bochner and visiting British actor Richard Griffiths.


The jokes come thick and fast and you really need to keep your eyes peeled as some of the sight gags are gone in a flash – the pictures on the wall, the items on the hostess’s tray in the blues café, and the newspaper headline proclaiming Elvis to be alive and well – a lovely throwaway that speaks volumes for Priscilla Presley’s sense of humour.

Lieutenant Frank Drebin
Leslie Nielsen
Jane Spencer
Priscilla Presley
Ed Hocken
George Kennedy
Quentin Hapsburg
Robert Goulet
Dr Meinheimer/Earl Hacker
Richard Griffiths
O J Simpson
Hector Savage
Anthony James
Commissioner Brumford
Jacqueline Brookes
Lloyd Bochner
Tim O’Connor
Peter Mark Richman
Ted Olsen
Ed Williams
George Bush
John Roarke
Barbara Bush
Margery Ross

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