Police Squad! (1982)
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Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment) 

In order to infiltrate a criminal gang that bribes boxers Frank makes a contract with one of them, Buddy. This leads to a kidnapping of his girlfriend and Frank has to find her before Buddy forfeits.


Joe Dante


Tino Insana (teleplay by), Robert Wuhl (teleplay by) | 9 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Leslie Nielsen ... Det. Frank Drebin
Alan North ... Capt. Ed Hocken
Rex Hamilton Rex Hamilton ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
Georg Stanford Brown ... Police under the Safe
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Mr. Olson
William Duell William Duell ... Johnny
Rudy Solari Rudy Solari ... Martin
Patrick St. Esprit ... Buddy
Tessa Richarde Tessa Richarde ... Mary
Floyd Levine ... Cooper
Irwin Keyes ... Luca
Grand L. Bush ... The Champ (as Grand Bush)


In order to infiltrate a criminal gang that bribes boxers Frank makes a contract with one of them, Buddy. This leads to a kidnapping of his girlfriend and Frank has to find her before Buddy forfeits.

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Comedy | Crime


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11 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Det. Frank Drebin: Too bad you lost your last three fights.
Buddy: So I had some bad luck, so what?
Det. Frank Drebin: Well, maybe you don't have the right kind of management. Don't you think you should start thinking about that, buddy?
Buddy: I make a pretty good living.
Det. Frank Drebin: Maybe you can make a better one. And a cleaner one and a better one.
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three things from the cupboard..
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).

Ring Of Fear (A Danger Assignment)

Now, the poker is the highlight of the case, it even beats the Casino Royale on that, but tiny nuanced jokes is were it steals the show, since the case wasn't that gripping. From a fighter beating his own shadow, the microscope joke and the chair in the bar or Nielsen's cocktail order or a boxer reciting a poem or the headline of the newspaper.

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