Thursday, May 7, 2015

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The great Leslie Nielsen
I happen to think that Leslie Nielsen was one of the greatest Americans who ever came here from Canada.

People who only know the silver-haired actor from his later days as a comedian in Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker movies ("Airplane"..."The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!"..."The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear"... and "Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult") might not know that he began his career as a handsome leading man type in movies like "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure".  Until the night he sat home watching himself in a made-for-tv movie in which he was ludicrously cast as the boyfriend of someone about a third his age, and realized it was time for something new.

And that brings us to a little film called "Airplane," as James Lipton would have said had he interviewed Leslie.  (I guess spoof movies were not his cup of tea...)   Nielsen played Dr Rumack in that film, and from the moment he said, "You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital" and flight attendant Elaine Dickinson said, "A hospital? What is it?" and Rumack said,"It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now" a new career was made.

Don't shake Mayor
Ross's hand!
And he also played Sgt Frank Drebin, "Detective-Lieutenant with Police Squad" on TV and in movies, and in the first of those movies, we see Drebin visit the men's room and forget that he still has a live microphone on.

Sure, that's funny, but it couldn't happen in real life, could it now?Well sure it did.  Watch the hijinx as Mayor Dale Ross, from someplace called Georgetown, Texas, leaves the room to visit Tinkletown and pulls a Drebin, as the whole meeting goes down the drain.

And no, he didn't wash his hands on the way out.  Yuck.

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