Police Squad! (1982)
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Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh) 

When a drug courier is found dead after a car accident, Frank and the team traces his work to the nightclub "Mr V's".

Director:

Joe Dante
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Leslie Nielsen ... Det. Frank Drebin
Alan North ... Capt. Ed Hocken
Rex Hamilton Rex Hamilton ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
William Conrad ... Stabbed Man
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Mr. Olson
William Duell William Duell ... Johnny
Peter Lupus ... Norberg
Dick Clark ... Dick Clark
Danny Dayton ... Joey
Claudette Nevins ... Veronica
Dick Miller ... Vic
Jerry Layne Jerry Layne ... Willy
Wayne Winton Wayne Winton ... Coroner
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Storyline

When a drug courier is found dead after a car accident, Frank and the team traces his work to the nightclub "Mr V's".

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The murder victim character Joey Coldice gets his surname from the maiden name of Robert Wuhl' s wife. See more »

Goofs

Veronica puts the pill in the left glass, but hands the right glass to Joey. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Drebin: [as Tony DeWonderful mingling with the audience] Where are you from, sir?
Man #1: Milwaukee.
Det. Frank Drebin: Hey! Why that's my home town.
[to a woman]
Det. Frank Drebin: Where are you from?
Woman: Seattle.
Det. Frank Drebin: Hey! Why that's my home town.
[to another man]
Det. Frank Drebin: Where are you from?
Man #2: Chicago.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Ventriloquist Jerry Layne is credited as 'Willy', even though he goes by his real name in the episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original home video release, the Judy Garland songs sung by Leslie Nielsen are dubbed over with another voice singing nonsense lyrics. This was due to music licensing issues. The original songs are restored for the DVD release. See more »

Connections

References American Bandstand (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen
Performed by Leslie Nielsen
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you took a big chance ..
27 May 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Police Squad

David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker. If listening to these name of the creators light up your face, then, you have lived. After finding this treasure of gold, that I do treasure, as an avid comedy viewer and lover, you can fathom my reaction to their projects. And it is not that they are shooting left and right, but there is a linearity in the process that is much more neat and clear to follow, unlike any other parodies. They draw most of the laughs from using the background and physical sequences, played behind it. The writers and directors should learn how to use the frame, the room, completely and never taking the screen for granted, like they do. It is the reason why their material is hefty and often crowded with gags aplenty on the screen.

And they craft it through pinning down the mundane, the obvious things that you cannot miss by. Just like every comedy classics, it has montage sequences like a car being parked incorrectly, a kid taught double entendres by a horrible teacher, the way they end the show claiming it to be an epilogue, the lift in the building where the jibber jabber is mocked by framing unexpected things in the background, the door that is always transparent, the informant who can answer any question and the montage of him fake driving with a silly sidekick or add up in the car.

Plus, all the on screen written material- the trump card or a flyer or a headline- is always off the charts. You cannot point finger to this world for being racist or sexist, which is not to mention, it lives and breathes for, their mocking of all of it, even sincerity, begs the question whether it is the Police Squad! or this world or you, who doesn't fit in here- it is them, yes (maybe, I should watch less of these).

Testimony Of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)

Well I am just going to say it, he is doing a stand-up. Nothing else can define the finale better than that. And yet, it is not the best aspect of the episode, from hallucination exaggerated to a puppet being threatened for its life, the are taking some major risks, more riskier than Nielsen singing in his five minute slot.


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