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Radio Days -- A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.


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Release Date:
30 January 1987 (USA) See more »
A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mike Starr ... Burglar

Paul Herman ... Burglar

Don Pardo ... 'Guess That Tune' Host
Martin Rosenblatt ... Mr. Needleman
Helen Miller ... Mrs. Needleman
Danielle Ferland ... Child Star

Julie Kavner ... Tess, the mother
Julie Kurnitz ... Irene
David Warrilow ... Roger

Wallace Shawn ... Masked Avenger
Mick Murray ... Avenger Crook (as Michael Murray)
William Flanagan ... Avenger Announcer

Seth Green ... Joe
Michael Tucker ... Martin, the father

Josh Mostel ... Abe
Renée Lippin ... Ceil (as Renee Lippin)
William Magerman ... Grandpa
Leah Carrey ... Grandma
Joy Newman ... Ruthie
Hy Anzell ... Mr. Waldbaum

Judith Malina ... Mrs. Waldbaum

Dianne Wiest ... Bea
Fletcher Farrow Previn ... Andrew
Oliver Block ... Nick
Maurice Toueg ... Dave
Sal Tuminello ... Burt
Rebecca Nickels ... Evelyn Goorwitz
Mindy Morgenstern ... 'Show & Tell' Teacher
David Mosberg ... Arnold
Ross Morgenstern ... Ross

Kenneth Mars ... Rabbi Baumel
Andrew B. Clark ... Sidney Manulis (as Andrew Clark)

Mia Farrow ... Sally White
Lee Erwin ... Roller Rink Organist
Roger Hammer ... Richard
Terry Lee Swarts ... Nightclub Customer
Margaret Thomson ... Nightclub Customer

Tito Puente ... Latin Bandleader
Denise Dumont ... Latin singer 'Tico-Tico no Fubá' (as Denise Dummont)
Dimitri Vassilopoulos ... Perfirio

Larry David ... Communist Neighbor
Rebecca Schaeffer ... Communist's Daughter
Belle Berger ... Mrs. Silverman
Guy Le Bow ... Bill Kern
Brian Mannain ... Kirby Kyle
Stanley Burns ... Ventriloquist (as Stan Burns)

Todd Field ... Crooner
Peter Lombard ... Abercrombie Host
Martin Sharman ... Mr. Abercrombie (as Martin Sherman)
Crystal Field ... Abercrombie Couple
Maurice Shrog ... Abercrombie Couple
Marc Colner ... Whiz Kid

Roberta Bennett ... Teacher with Carrot
Joel Eidelsberg ... Mr. Zipsky

Danny Aiello ... Rocco
Peter Castellotti ... Mr. Davis
Gina DeAngeles ... Rocco's Mother (as Gina DeAngelis)
Shelley Delaney ... Chekhov Actress
Dwight Weist ... Pearl Harbor Announcer
Ken Levinsky ... USO Musician
Ray Marchica ... USO Musician

Jeff Daniels ... Biff Baxter
J.R. Horne ... Biff Announcer
Kuno Sponholz ... German
Henry Yuk ... Japanese
Sydney Blake ... Miss Gordon (as Sydney A. Blake)

Kitty Carlisle ... Radio Singer (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)

Robert Joy ... Fred
Henry Cowen ... Principal
Philip Shultz ... Whistler

Mercedes Ruehl ... Ad Man

Bruce Jarchow ... Ad Man
Greg Gerard ... Songwriter

David Cale ... Director
Ira Wheeler ... Sponsor
Hannah Rabinowitz ... Sponsor's Wife
Edward S. Kotkin ... Diction Teacher

Ruby Payne ... Diction Student
J.E. Beaucaire ... Diction Student (as Jaqui Safra)
Paul Berman ... 'Gay White Way' Announcer

Richard Portnow ... Sy

Tony Roberts ... 'Silver Dollar' Emcee
Barbara Gallo ... Dance Palace Musician
Jane Jarvis ... Dance Palace Musician
Liz Vochecowizc ... Dance Palace Musician
Ivan Kronenfeld ... On-the-Spot Newsman
Frank O'Brien ... Fireman
Yolanda Childress ... Polly's Mother
Artie Butler ... New Year's Bandleader

Diane Keaton ... New Year's Singer
Gregg Almquist ... Radio Voice (voice)
Jackson Beck ... Radio Voice (voice)
Wendell Craig ... Radio Voice (voice)

William H. Macy ... Radio Voice (as W.H. Macy)
Ken Roberts ... Radio Voice (voice)
Norman Rose ... Radio Voice (voice)

Kenneth Welsh ... Radio Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Woody Allen ... The Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Lee Bakley ... (uncredited)

David Bickford ... Silver Dollar Assistant (uncredited)
Stan Burns ... Ventriloquist (uncredited)
Kitty Felde ... Mrs. Riley (uncredited)

Marie Gabrielle ... Young Sailors Wife (uncredited)

Ron Leir ... Radio Actor (uncredited)
George Maniere ... Guess That Tune Trumpet Player in Band (uncredited)

Fred Melamed ... Bradley (uncredited)
Mark Patterson ... Nightclub Orchestra Trombonist (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Counter Girl (uncredited)
Tommy Roeder ... Gym Trainer (uncredited)

Ruth Rugoff ... Rita (uncredited)
Christine Scheier ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer
Gail Sicilia .... associate producer
Ezra Swerdlow .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom  (as Les Bloom)
Carol Joffe 
George DeTitta Jr. (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup designer
Romaine Greene .... hair designer
Production Management
Timothy M. Bourne .... assistant production manager
Thomas A. Reilly .... production manager (as Thomas Reilly)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Judy Ferguson .... dga trainee
Ken Ornstein .... second assistant director
Ezra Swerdlow .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dan Davis .... assistant art director
Randall Drake .... assistant art director
W. Steven Graham .... assistant art director
Glenn Lloyd .... art department research
James Mazzola .... property master
Arne Olsen .... chief construction grip
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Steve Saklad .... assistant art director
Cliff Schorr .... standby scenic artist
Michael Smith .... assistant art director
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Tom Warren .... assistant art director
Dave Weinman .... set dresser
Joseph Alfieri .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Amy Briamonte .... apprentice sound editor
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corp.
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Frank Kern .... assistant sound editor
Barbara Minor .... assistant sound editor
Michael Moyse .... sound editor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip
Liz Dubelman .... camera trainee
Michael Green .... assistant cameraperson
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Jay Levy .... second assistant cameraperson
Jim Manzione .... best boy
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Casting Department
Ellen Lewis .... casting associate
Todd Thaler .... additional casting (as Todd M. Thaler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Christians .... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women's
Jessica Fasman .... costume assistant
Lauren Gibson .... costume assistant
Deborah Lancaster .... costume assistant
Judianna Makovsky .... assistant costume designer (as Judiana Makovsky)
Alvin Perry .... costume assistant
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marty Levenstein .... assistant film editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Jon Neuburger .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Diane Andolsek .... assistant engineer
Janet Frank .... vocal coach: Ms. Farrow & Ms. Keaton
Dick Hyman .... music supervision
Walt Levinsky .... music recording supervisor
Joe Malin .... musicians coordinator
Sam Parkins .... music recording supervisor
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Baratta .... location scout
Nicholas Bernstein .... location scout
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
James A. Davis .... location scout (as James Davis)
Claudette Didul .... production staff
Judie Fixler .... production staff
Barbara Green .... production staff
Joseph Hartwick .... production associate
Barbara Heller .... location scout
Amy Herman .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Lombardi .... production auditor
Jane Read Martin .... assistant: to Mr. Allen
Douglas S. Ornstein .... production staff (as Doug Ornstein)
Tom Paolucci .... location scout
Richard Patrick .... production staff
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Tracy Robin .... production staff
Steve Rose .... studio manager
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... production staff (as Drew Rosenberg)
Larry Rudolph .... production staff
Angela Salgado .... production staff
Scott Schaffer .... production staff
Jay Scherick .... production staff
Jordan Thaler .... production staff
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Gilbert S. Williams .... location scout
Ed Montalvo .... location assistant (uncredited)
Donald Saddler .... the producers wish to thank: for their assistance
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The picture is a rare instance where Woody Allen is the narrator of a film in which Allen himself does not appear.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the closing sequence, when Julie Kavner (Mother) says "I'm worried about the future," she spills champagne on the baby she is holding. She looks down briefly, but the camera ignores it and pans over.See more »
Narrator:[First Lines] Once upon a time, many years ago, two burglars broke into our neighbors house in Rockaway. Mr. and Mrs. Needleman had gone to a movie and the following events occurred.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Christmas in July (1940)See more »
Let's All Sing Like the Birdies SingSee more »


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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Nice Piece Of Nostalgia, 16 December 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

If you are looking for the normal amount of big laughs from a Woody Allen film, then you will be disappointed here. It's not that kind of film.

I was anything but disappointed, but I knew what the film was all about before I saw it. Actually, what drew me to it was that I had read where this was a wonderful visual film, filled with rich colors and great set designs. It did not let me down. This is a great visual tribute to the 1940s, to be exact from 1938 to 1944. A real treat for the eyes.

The story centers around a Jewish family in Queens and the importance that radio shows had in that day-and-age. Also profiled in here are some of those radio performers.

It does have laughs but not as many as the normal Allen movie because the idea of this is simply to be a nostalgic piece, mainly Allen's tribute to his own family days of growing up, what it was like around his house.

It was interesting to see Seth Green playing Woody as a youngster with flaming red hair. The most interesting person, however, was Diane Wiest who played a man-chasing sister-in-law. The film gives you a real flavor of the period, of New York and of a Jewish family.

Overall, it's simply a nice film....and gorgeous to look at. Sometimes I think some of Allen's work is overrated but, boy, here is one that is definitely underrated.

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