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Radioland Murders (1994)

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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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Mel Smith

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George Lucas (story), Willard Huyck (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Benben ... Roger Henderson
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Penny Henderson
Ned Beatty ... General Walt Whalen
George Burns ... Milt Lackey
Scott Michael Campbell ... Billy
Brion James ... Bernie King
Michael Lerner ... Lieutenant Cross
Michael McKean ... Rick Rochester
Jeffrey Tambor ... Walt Whalen, Jr.
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Max Applewhite
Christopher Lloyd ... Zoltan
Larry Miller ... Herman Katzenback
Anita Morris ... Claudette Katsenback
Corbin Bernsen ... Dexter Morris
Rosemary Clooney ... Anna
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinatos en la radio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$835,570, 23 October 1994

Gross USA:

$1,316,865

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,316,865
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Penny's (Mary Stuart Masterson's) costume throughout the film, once she removes the jacket from the opening scenes, is a copy of the costume Katharine Hepburn wore in the final scene of Woman of the Year (1942), complete with falling shoulder straps on the jumper. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Claudette: I've told you, not to bother me before a show, or after a show. Or, at home in my bedroom, when I'm thinking about a show!
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Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

What'll I Do
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Joey Lawrence
Courtesy of Irving Berlin Music
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Highly Underrated and Under-Appreciated!
7 June 2007 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

This film is a niche film, in that it IS a who-dunnit, but deeper than that, there seems to be a gap between modern audiences and the pre-television world of pop-culture radio. This, in part, accounts for some of the lack of popularity this film experienced.

However...

This film is intriguing in that it features some great performances, manic and frantic dialog indicative of the behind-the-scenes and on-the-air intonations of the age, and a slick style which elevates this work far above the rating it currently enjoys here at IMDb.

The filming style is mesmerizing. The long shots of the outside of the radio building contributes to the feeling of isolation from the rest of the world, as the body count begins to accumulate. The sponsors just won't be sold on the station, everything which can go wrong is, and the station is dying to go into national syndication. All while the intrigue builds into suspense without generating the atmosphere of a thriller, which this is not. It was a difficult balance to maintain, but it never slips, never fails.

I have no idea why this was universally thrashed. This was delightful! It rates an 8.9/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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