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Radioland Murders 1994 film review


Radioland Murders 1994 film review

Radioland Murders (1994, United States)

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Running time
110 minutes
Language
English
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Our rating
★★★★★★★★★☆ 9 / 10

In 1939 radio station WBN from Chicago is about to broadcast live to both coasts for the first time, but even though everything looks great for the audience and special guests, who gather in the theater, behind the curtains not everything is running as smoothly as can be expected. Penny Henderson tries to keep the show together despite the fact that main sponsor demands tons of changes made to the scripts in the last moment, scriptwriters are about quit, the show director is hardly competent to take care of his own life, not to mention Penny’s husband, Roger Henderson, she suspects is unfaithful. Oh, and there is one more problem - someone is killing people involved in the production. When police shows up they try not to interfere in the live broadcast, but unfortunately Roger quickly becomes the prime suspect and Penny is on a verge of nervous breakdown. Even so, the show must go on...

Murder mystery mixed with comedy, set in golden era of radio - while live show is being produced in front of the audience, in the background police is looking for a murderer, who for some reason kills people involved in the show. Despite involvement of George Lucas in production Radioland Murders was a ticket box flop and failed to find audience on the premiere. One of the problems was heavy use of slapstick in the story, which was accurate for the era that story takes place in, but hardly appropriate for modern audience. However, once you get through the slapstick rest of the film is a high quality script, cast filled with stars and unique tribute to old time radio. It is worth watching not for nostalgia, but because it is a good movie that was unfortunate to be produced in wrong times.


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Creators of Radioland Murders


Mel Smith films

Mel Smith

director

George Lucas films

George Lucas

screenplay

Willard Huyck films

Willard Huyck

screenplay

Gloria Katz films

Gloria Katz

screenplay

Jeff Reno films

Jeff Reno

screenplay

Ron Osborn films

Ron Osborn

screenplay



Cast of Radioland Murders


Brian Benben films

Brian Benben

as Roger Henderson

Mary Stuart Masterson films

Mary Stuart Masterson

as Penny Henderson

Ned Beatty films

Ned Beatty

as General Walt Whalen

Scott Michael Campbell films

Scott Michael Campbell

as Billy

Michael McKean films

Michael McKean

as Rick Rochester

Jeffrey Tambor films

Jeffrey Tambor

as Walt Whalen, Jr.

Stephen Tobolowsky films

Stephen Tobolowsky

as Max Applewhite

Christopher Lloyd films

Christopher Lloyd

as Zoltan

Larry Miller films

Larry Miller

as Herman Katzenback

Corbin Bernsen films

Corbin Bernsen

as Dexter Morris

Harvey Korman films

Harvey Korman

as Jules Cogley

Michael Lerner films

Michael Lerner

as Lieutenant Cross

Brion James films

Brion James

as Bernie King

Anita Morris films

Anita Morris

as Claudette Katsenback

Bobcat Goldthwait films

Bobcat Goldthwait

as Wild Writer

Dylan Baker films

Dylan Baker

as Detective Jasper


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