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Radioland Murders (1994)

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 3

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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A blend of screwball farce and whodunit murder mystery, this madcap period piece was the brainchild of executive producer George Lucas. In 1939, Penny Henderson (Mary Stuart Masterson) is the harried general secretary and de facto manager of a new fourth radio network, WBN. On the night that the Chicago station goes live on the air, a mysterious voice interrupts, and a series of murders soon follows, each one described by the same sonorous phantom. While Penny and her staff desperately try to

PG,

Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Oct 10, 2000

Universal Studios Home Video

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (13) | DVD (7)

What an inglorious pity.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What were they thinking?

March 1, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The cast must get an A for effort.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not the slightest bit funny. Annoying and obnoxious attempt at retro '30s humor.

July 14, 2003
About.com

The bottom line: If you can get past that sagging first third, there are some laughs to be had.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Radioland Murders

It does come across that everything Mr Lucas has put his chubby finger to since Star Wars doesn't quite turn out so well (apart from 'Indy'), the recent 'Red Tails' for example.

This goofy slapstick comedy on paper had promise and I was quite excited to watch it as the period setting plus the 'who dunnit' murder aspect I like. The whole thing sounded like a kind of 'Clue' or 'Haunted Honeymoon' type venture, that nice dated 30's to 50's setting with smart suits with well spoken chaps n dames all set within a spooky atmosphere.

Unfortunately this film is really quite boring and insanely stupid, there is way too much slapstick in your face screwball comedy...and its not even very good, just forced. Everyone is falling arse over tit every five minutes and the editing is so damn choppy, you zip from one pratfall to the next as if they were individual sketches pasted together.

Awesome cast line up, every well known character actor in Hollywood has been stuck in this but that can't save the film. Brian Benben was for me a bad choice of lead for the story, he's one of those guys that just fits TV roles better and he's also annoyingly unstable here with the most lame physical comedy display.

Good ideas with a great era and concept to homage but this falls flat on its face, it should of been a classic but somehow its been fudged well and truly, damn it Lucas!
May 12, 2012
phubbs1

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Gosh, almost as pedantic as a Woody Allen movie. The characters are cardboard cutouts against the CGI backgrounds, which were a test-phase for Star Wars prequels. It's claustrophobic and annoying. I didn't want to be there.
August 17, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

Super Reviewer

    1. Max Applewhite: I could yell 'Fire' into the intercom and we could call it a night.
    – Submitted by Daniel R (2 years ago)
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