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Big Bus, The

We’ll take Messrs. Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker as read here, because this unfairly maligned Airplane!-on-wheels is, to our mind, every bit as much fun as the quickfire Neilsen-reviver, and in fact pre-dates it by several years. Top stuff it is, too – from the opening nuclear rod gag, Larry Hagman’s car park cameo, and the triumphant unveiling of the bus itself, complete with swimming pool and perma-grinning cocktail pianist, to the inevitable Stockard-Channing-in-beverage-related-jeopardy ending. This, the first Airplane! and Police Squad (and bits of Top Secret) are the peak of the quickfire goofball genre – shame about the hundred-odd mediocre films that followed, eh?

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