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Radioland Murders (1994)

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 <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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At station WBN, the hits just keep on coming.


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

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21 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Asesinatos en la radio  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,299,060 (USA)
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Trivia

In the background of one scene, you can barely hear an opera singer performing. Her voice (they never show the singer in the movie) is from the soundtrack to the movie Amadeus (1984). See more »

Goofs

The portrait in Gen. Whalen's office shows the general wearing a service dress green uniform which was not adopted by the U.S. Army until the mid-1950s. In 1939, when the movie is set, the general would have worn a khaki uniform. See more »

Quotes

Katzenback: [the mechanical stage is breaking down] No! What the hell is wrong with my stage? This can't be happening, not to my baby!
Max Applewhite: Looks like your baby needs a good whack in the axle.
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Spoofs Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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That Old Black Magic
Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Billy Barty
Courtesy of Famous Music
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What is everyone's problem with this film?
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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