Police Squad! (1982)
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Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood) 

When a woman reports being blackmailed by some thugs, Police Squad get even more reports of the same kind from other shop owners. To gain a better perspective, Frank and Norberg open up a key store in the most troubled area.


Reza Badiyi (as Reza S. Badiyi)


Nancy Steen (teleplay by), Neil Thompson (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)
Florence Henderson ... Shot Woman
Ed Williams Ed Williams ... Mr. Olson
William Duell William Duell ... Johnny
Peter Lupus ... Norberg
Al Ruscio ... Dutch
Robert Costanzo ... Leo
John Ashton ... Rocky
Connie Needham ... Jill
Rebecca Holden ... Stella


When a woman reports being blackmailed by some thugs, Police Squad get even more reports of the same kind from other shop owners. To gain a better perspective, Frank and Norberg open up a key store in the most troubled area.

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Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

1 July 1982 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Inside the key shop, Peter Lupus is seen reacting to the gunfire due to the explosive charges planted in the set discharging small chunks of plaster into his face. See more »


Nordberg visibly reacts to gunfire, even though he's not suppose to react. Both him and Frank weren't supposed to have reacted at the gunfire. See more »


Dutch: Who are you and how did you get in here?
Det. Frank Drebin: I'm a locksmith, and I'm a locksmith.
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Put On a Happy Face
Written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
Performed by Florence Henderson
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and i'm a locksmith..
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).

Rendezvous At Big Gulch (Terror In The Neighbourhood)

They are bending the rules in this one, the informant gets a shorter visit and finally, Nielsen does go undercover and does manage to fool them, what a topsy-turvy world. As far as the case, is concerned the ballet action sequence is the only highlight.

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