The movie Airplane, known in Australia as Flying High, turns 35 this year.
Full of iconic set pieces and tag lines (Surely you can’t be serious. Yes I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.) the movie that gave rise to an entire genre of parodies distinguished itself by using actors with dramatic backgrounds rather than comedic ones to deliver the absurdist plot line as deadpan analogues of their serious screen personas.
This extended article at A.V. Club outlines the creation of the movie, featuring extensive interviews with the directors, cast and crew.
It also details Leslie Nielsen’s love of flatulence sounds.