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".


Joe Dante




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


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) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Did You Know?


Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker never intended Police Squad! to be a TV show, but rather a made for TV movie (which explains why none of them were "upset" when the show canceled after only 6 episodes). See more »


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


Coroner: It's a typical four-fifteen.
Det. Frank Drebin: Four-fifteen?
Coroner: Yes, the body was found 415 feet from the car.
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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 »


References Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) See more »


You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
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 Hey_SwedenSee 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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