Today is the birthday of writer/director/producer Jerry Zucker, and that’s all the excuse I need to toss in a clip from “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad,” the 1988 comedy starring Leslie Nielsen as the gloriously clueless detective Frank Drebin. Here, Drebin is trying to thwart an assassination attempt on the visiting Queen of England at a baseball game, and so has assumed the identity of an opera star so as to gain entrance to the field. This means, unfortunately, that he has to sing the national anthem . . .
Zucker, who co-wrote and produced all three “Naked Gun” movies as well as “Airplane!” (which he also co-directed), is 59 today. Mazeltov, Jerry, and stop calling me Shirley.