Radioland Murders (1994)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  21 October 1994 (USA)
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In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with... See full summary »



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In 1939, WBN, a fourth radio network, is about to take to America's airwaves. As if the confusion of the premiere night wasn't enough, Penny Henderson, the owner's secretary, must deal with an unhappy sponsor, an overbearing boss and a soon-to-be ex-husband who desperately wants her back. As the broadcast begins, a mysterious voice breaks the broadcast and suddenly members of the cast turn up dead. It's up to her husband Roger, to find out whodunit as the police chase him through the halls of WBN. Written by Kevin <>

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At station WBN, the hits just keep on coming.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, some farcical violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinatos en la radio  »

Box Office


$1,299,060 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 1974 Universal Studios annual report contained an advertisement for "Radioland Murders" as being in preparation. The ad gives the credits as "screenplay by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz" "Produced by Gary Kurtz" and "Directed by George Lucas" See more »


At the end of the film the camera pans up to the top of the building, showing the damaged WBN logo. However, the holes where the letters came out of the wall are missing. See more »


Zoltan: [stabbing a knife into a watermelon] The knife in the back.
[Grabs a mallet]
Zoltan: The sound of the human head smashing.
[Smashes the watermelon and pauses]
Zoltan: Hmmm... something is not quite right.
Morgana: Try honeydew.
Zoltan: Good idea!
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References American Graffiti (1973) See more »


Sabre Dance
Composed by Aram Khachaturyan (as Aram Khachaturian)
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22 March 2001 | by (Annalong, N. Ireland) – See all my reviews

I am glad to say that I have this picture on video now, and it is still one of my favourite movies. I think the film brilliantly captures how a radio station (or a stage production even) can be controlled chaos at times.

This film was unfairly maligned in my opinion. I like the murder mystery/comedy genre. At times, it can be badly done, but here it is very well-handled. Brian Benben, Mary Stuart Masterson and the squad of celebrities who cameo, handle their scenes very well. My only real complaint would be that Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean have very little to do.

But the plot twists and the resolution both pay off excellently and Mel Smith directs the piece with panache. There are also several great musical numbers thrown in as well. I give this film 8/10.

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