Police Squad! (1982)
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The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand) 

The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.

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Pat Proft (teleplay by), Deborah Hwang-Marriott (story by) (as Deborah Hwang) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Leslie Nielsen ... Det. Frank Drebin
Alan North ... Capt. Ed Hocken
Rex Hamilton Rex Hamilton ... Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
Robert Goulet ... Executed Man
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Mr. Olson
William Duell William Duell ... Johnny
Peter Lupus ... Norberg
Tommy Lasorda ... Tommy Lasorda
Nicolas Coster ... Warner
Lilibet Stern Lilibet Stern ... Terri
Byron Webster ... Thames
Ken Michelman Ken Michelman ... Kingsley
Peter Elbling ... The Mime
K Callan ... Charlotte
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The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Directed by Georg Stanford Brown, who guest starred in Episode 2 and was crushed by a falling safe in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Drebin: [narrating] Ed and I drove around for hours for no particular reason. We came up empty.
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Alternate Versions

In the original home video release, when the birthday guests sing "Happy Birthday" the song is replaced with a generic sound-alike titled "Something Different" due to music licensing issues. "Happy Birthday" was restored on the DVD release. See more »

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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Satin Doll
By Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn & Johnny Mercer
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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).

The Butler Did It (A Bird In The Hand)

First of all, the title is better than the episode. And, of course, the birthday song. How do they even come up with it? Plus, racism and sexism, as always, has a whole new definition. The call for the ransom breaks all the records. Stating the stage of the episode, like what act it is at, something they started from the previous episode, is take up a notch.


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