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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) Poster

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While impersonating an umpire, the batter swings back and hits Frank in the face. This joke was suggested by Mel Brooks.
The baseball blooper reel shows a ballplayer's head coming off when he crashes into a fence. This scene is a tribute to a quote from San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman: "Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall - and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres."
Some years later Queen Elizabeth II attended a Oakland A's vs Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore and met both teams in their respective dugouts. Reggie Jackson, then an Oakland A's coach, was the first person in the receiving line in the Oakland dugout. Some news channels showed gag footage from the movie of the Queen impersonator throwing out the first pitch. Leslie Nielsen actually met the real Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.
This movie is a big-screen version of the cult cop spoof series Police Squad! (1982).
The "breasts" that remind Frank of his ex-wife are concrete reactor containment domes at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California.
The scene in which Frank descends from the plane and talks to Ed (before Al Yankovic's appearance) is a nod to Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game (1939). The dialog is not exactly the same, but the setup mirrors the beginning of that film (a man has achieved a remarkable feat, yet is saddened that his love is not there to greet him).
Among Drebin's old food in the refrigerator is a jar of mayo. The expiration date reads 1982, the year Police Squad! (1982) debuted on TV.
According to David Zucker in the DVD commentary, the studio insisted on the casting of an Oscar winner in one of the major roles. This led to the casting of George Kennedy, who had been actively campaigning for the role of Ed Hocken for months, saying that he was furious at having missed his chance to spoof himself in the movie Airplane! (1980).
The device that induces characters to accept commands to kill someone is similar to to what the parasitic life forms in _Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)_ do. Ricardo Montalban plays the villain in both films.
Drebin's line about shooting the Shakespeare in the Park performers is a close parody of a line Harry Callahan says about shooting a rapist in Dirty Harry (1971).
The kitchen background (as Drebin asks if Jane would still like something to eat), has a food item pulsating. 'Weird Al' Yankovic - who makes a cameo in this film - uses a similar gag for his "Livin in the Fridge" video, five years later.
"Cowboy" Joe West, a veteran MLB Umpire and country singer has a cameo as an umpire at the baseball game. He even wears his real number on his sleeve: #22.
John Houseman's final film appearance.
The painting that Drebin accidentally destroys in Ludwig's house is "Blue Boy", the most famous work of Thomas Gainsborough. The original painting is housed in the Huntington Library (San Marino, California).
Bo Derek was first choice for the role of Jane Spencer.
Reggie Jackson is depicted as an outfielder for the California Angels and Jay Johnstone is depicted as a player for the Seattle Mariners. Though both are legit former major league players, both had been retired by the time this movie was released. Jackson retired as an Oakland A's (his original team) in 1987 and Johnstone had retired as a Los Angeles Dodger in 1985.
The marching band seen trampling Vincent Ludwig outside Dodger Stadium at the end of the film is the "Spirit of Troy" Marching Band from the nearby University of Southern California (USC). The band you actually hear is the Rice University Marching Owl Band (the MOB). They are thanked in the credits.
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While it is made to appear like the home field of the California Angels, the baseball stadium is actually Dodger Stadium. The Angels have not called the stadium home since 1965.
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The conversation between Ludwig and Papschmear about "Sensory Induced Hypnosis" is a direct spoof of a scene in Telefon (1977), where Charles Bronson is offered a demonstration of "Drug Induced Hypnosis"
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During Vincent Ludwig's first encounter with Frank Drebin, Ludwig is feeding his "fighting fish" small minnows. This is identical to a scene in the Bruce Lee movie "Game of Death" where we see Dr. Land (the main villain) feeding the same fish.
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A number of characters from the series were recast for the film series, these include O.J. Simpson (replacing Peter Lupus as Norberg, which has the spelling changed to Nordberg), and George Kennedy (replacing Alan North as Ed Hocken). Leslie Nielsen (as Frank Drebin) and Ed Williams (as Ted Olsen) where the only main characters to stay the same.
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A reference to Queen Elizabeth II is used as a plot line in the film. Leslie Nielsen was introduced to the real Queen Elizabeth II in 2005.
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The name for O.J. Simpson's character, Nordberg, was taken from a manufacturing company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Nordberg plant was located at Oklahoma and Chase Avenues and featured a huge "Nordberg" sign visible to passers-by on Highway 94. The factory was purchased by Metso Minerals and has since closed in 2004.
The henchman in the Dugout Dogs shootout says (during the gunfire), "Take this, you lousy jerk cop!"
Even though it has been correctly mentioned that the Angels home game is filmed at Dodger Stadium, it looks like the first interior shot of the ball park is Chicago's Wrigley Field.
The license plate on the white semi (during the chase scene) is a Michigan Manufacturers Plate which would have been issued to Ford Motor Company.

Cameo 

Robert K. Weiss:  The film's producer is the hot dog vendor in the montage sequence.
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Director Cameo 

David Zucker:  in the opening credits as a man fixing a picture up onto the wall of his house when the police squad car drives into the hallway. The director turns around and jumps into the room next door.

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