This was the first Paramount film released after the conclusion of the studio's sale to Viacom, which closed 1 week earlier. The first of the studio's films to recognize the new owner in the logo's byline would not come out until 1995, however.
In the "making of the movie" DVD feature, it is revealed that real biker gangs were hired in order to get the look of real prisoners for the prison fight scene. It was unknown at the time, but there were four rival gangs in the scene, however no incidents occurred.
On the day of shooting for the 1970s flashback shootout, George Kennedy had come down with pneumonia. He was so ill that he couldn't even walk. To make sure the scene was shot, the director had Kennedy sit on a bar stool for his entire part in the scene. Notice when Frank meets Ed, Ed never gets up from his stool. When Ed is supposed to leave, leaving Frank alone with Tanya, Kennedy simply just leaned back out of the shot to create the illusion of his character getting up and leaving.
The name for this movie comes from long-playing (LP) vinyl records. LPs play at a speed of 33 1/3 revolutions per minute. The original title of the movie was "Naked Gun 33 1/3: Just For the Record", but the subtitle was changed to "The Final Insult" due to fear that not all audiences would get the joke.
After the credit for the weapons handler, there's a credit for the "concealed weapons handler", a Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz was the man who assassinated US President William McKinley in 1901 by shooting him with a pistol he had concealed in an arm bandage.
The Naked Gun films had been planned as a trilogy and this film had been intended to be the final installment of the trilogy, allowing Leslie Nielsen to retire from the role, with the film ending with Frank giving up Police Sqaud for good, Jane giving birth to their baby and living happily ever after.
In the early 2000s David Zucker and Pat Proft wrote a script for a fourth Naked Gun film, with the working title "The Naked Gun 444.4," which would have given Drebin a younger, female sidekick. However, Zucker and Proft instead ended up working on Scary Movie 3 (2003) and its sequels.
The first scene of the movie, a spoof of The Untouchables (1987), was meant to be used on the very first movie, but due to budget problems, the makers couldn't go on with the idea. They thought of using the joke on this last one because they figured enough people had watched "The Untouchables" so that they could understand what was going on.
The flashback scene from Frank and Jane's wedding was the real ending for The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991). They didn't use it on that movie, but inserted the scene on this one. At the same time, the scene featuring Frank, Jane and Frank Jr. getting to their house was the original ending for this movie, but since the makers thought that the boy that played Frank Jr. didn't look funny enough, they decided to go with the hospital ending and used this scene in the middle of the movie.
After Rocco Dillon tells Tanya Peters to distract the official, the announcer says "Accepting the award for Mr. Bronkowitz . . . " Samuel L. Bronkowitz was a fictitious producer in The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), which was the first film written by the creators of "The Naked Gun" series.
When Florence Henderson is being nominated for her Academy Award, she appears in the middle square and looks to the right and left at the actors beside her like she did in the original The Brady Bunch (1969).
At the Academy Awards, two celebrities that show up together are 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Vanna White. Yankovic wrote a song entitled "Stuck in a Closet with Vanna White" which appears on his 'Even Worse' album. Earlier in 1994, Yankovic was also a celebrity contestant on Wheel of Fortune.
Raye Birk returns as Papshmir from the original film. Papshmir is the member of the terrorist organization in Beirut who Frank attacked and beat up in the prologue of the original film, and who hired Vincent Ludwig to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.
Director Peter Segal, in addition to playing the producer of Sawdust and Mildew, also makes several other appearances in the film (mostly in voice-over): -The voice of the suicide bomber in the The Untouchables (1987) parody at the start of the film. -The voice of the KSAD deejay. -The ADR'ed scream of the inmate escaping prison by pole-vaulting. -The real Phil Donahue, before Frank knocks him out and takes his place. -The voice of the man shouting "Stop the stairs, Joey!" at the Academy Awards.
On late 1993 promotional tapes released by Paramount as a promotional item at McDonald's, a teaser trailer showing showing only footage from the two prior films promoted the title as "The Naked Gun III."
Courteney Cox: Appears very briefly as one of the five nominees for Best Actress at the Oscar ceremony. The other actresses are named in the film, but Courtney is not and does not appear in the credits.