Radioland Murders (1994)




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Movie Info

This combination romantic comedy and thriller, set in 1939, details the chaotic debut of a new radio station. It is opening night for radio network WBN, Chicago. Ominous events intervene when dead staff members are found throughout the station. A writer, himself a suspect, must solve the mystery.

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz, Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 10, 2000
Universal Studios Home Video


as Gen. Whalen

as Bernie

as Lt. Cross

as Walt Whalen Junior

as Max Applewhite

as Katzenback

as Claudette

as Dexter Morris

as Wild Writer

as Jasper

as Himself

as Herself

as Billy's Mom

as Female Writer

as Billy's Father

as Father Writer

as Jules Cogley

as Frankie Marshall

as Son Writer

as Soap Box Girl

as "Tortured" Actor

as Difficult Actor/Inte...

as Jack Granite

as Mildred's Mom/Ma

as Gork, Son of Fire

as "In the Mood" Bandle...

as Upside Down Yodeller

as "Lt. Cross" Actor/Pa

as Ruffles Reedy

as Cop #1

as Affiliate

as Laughing Man

as Revolving Stage Oper...

as Nerdy Stagehand

as Dottie

as "The Miller Sisters"...

as Loud Affiliate

as Father Writer

as Johnny Ace

as Wild Writer
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Critic Reviews for Radioland Murders

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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!

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

An attempt to capture nostalgia of the 1930's radio dramas that doesn't really work. Somewhat interesting but the lead actors are pretty weak compared to the supporting cast. Maybe it was the last time that we would ever see George Burns or Christopher Lloyd as a zany sound effects guy but aside from a few minor perks Radioland Murders almost sucks.

Rodney Eckrich

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