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
Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz wrote the original screenplay in 1974 based on George Lucas' film treatment. Their script contained references to old-time radio shows and popular stars from the 1930s. However, when the film was produced decades later, Universal Pictures insisted the screenplay be rewritten to remove any references which Baby Boomer cinema-goers might not recognize. Lucas later regretted acquiescing to Universal's demands. See more »
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 »
[Entering men's Bathroom]
Coming in! Shake a leg and zip 'em up!
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This is a wonderful, obscure film completely lacking subtlety which is why some people may hate it but exactly why I like it. The countless visual and verbal puns mean you can watch this film 20 times and never find them all. AND eventhough you KNOW what is coming next, you will still laugh at the punchlines.
Great story movement, dialogue; every stereotype known to Hollywood and YET, every stereotype seems to get violated; its like stereotypes of stereotypes. The only weakness is the movie keeps interupting some great songs.
One of my favorites. OK, so I don't have great tastes. Its still a really fun movie.
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