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Radioland Murders (1994)

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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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.


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

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21 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Asesinatos en la radio  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$835,570 (USA) (23 October 1994)

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$1,299,060 (USA)
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During a February 1995 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Corbin Bernsen (Dexter Morris) admitted that this is the only film he's left the theater during the middle, and was persuaded to by his family, who was also in attendance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Roger: Er, where are we going Max?
Max Applewhite: To Heaven, Roger. We're going to Heaven.
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Spoofs Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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I Miss You So
Written by Jimmy Henderson, Bertha Scott and Sid Robin
Performed by The Voltage Brothers
Produced by Pjaye Scott
Courtesy of MCA Music
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Highly Underrated and Under-Appreciated!
7 June 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See 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.

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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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