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".






Episode complete credited cast:
Rex Hamilton ...
Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
Stabbed Man
Ed Williams ...
William Duell ...
Jerry Layne ...
Wayne Winton ...


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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Comedy | Crime


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8 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker played a prank on director Joe Dante during the audition process. They asked staff writer Tino Insana to audition and then proceeded to act extremely rude and uninterested during his performance. See more »


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


[Frank knocks out a holdup man]
Veronica: Say, that was nice work. You took a big chance doing that.
Det. Frank Drebin: Well, you take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street, or sticking your face in a fan.
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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 »


References American Bandstand (1952) See more »


A Lot of Living to Do
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Leslie Nielsen
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"Now let's see what happens when I put Crying Judy in the trash compactor."
11 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

While not the most uproarious episode of the sadly short lived 'Police Squad' series, it still delivers a commendably high amount of successful verbal and visual gags. Lt. Frank Drebin hears of a drug courier named Joey (Danny Dayton) coming to a bad end. Joey had also worked as an entertainer at a club, so Drebin applies for his job and gets it, enjoying his new stint as comedian / crooner while working to bust crime boss Veronica (Claudette Nevins) and determining the identity of "The Frenchman" who will figure in a big dope deal. It's too bad to note that this was the final filmed episode of the series, even more so that it never even made it to air. With a script by comics Tino Insana and Robert Wuhl, and capable direction by Joe Dante, 'Testimony of Evil' / 'Dead Men Don't Laugh' sizes up as solid entertainment. There are jokes both big and small, of course. Wise shoe shine man Johnny (William Duell) educates Dick Clark (playing himself) on the genre of music known as ska and then giving him a jar of "youth cream" which Dick then proceeds to smear on his face. Drebin and the force go way overboard in taking a car apart, trying to find the drugs they think are hidden inside, when it turns out they were in the glove compartment the whole time. When Veronica sticks a cigarette in her mouth, many hands appear out of nowhere to jam lighters in her face. There's a real delight in seeing Dantes' good luck charm Dick Miller play the role of Veronicas' flunky Vic, and in the way that star Leslie Nielsen has a high old time telling silly jokes and doing some endearingly bad singing. William Conrad fulfils the "guest star / murder victim" requirement while Peter Lupus is absolutely hilarious as Norberg and Ed Williams as Mr. Olson does some of his usual teaching. This all leads to an amazing final freeze frame gag that truly brings the house down. A fine way to close out the series. Seven out of 10.

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