Radioland Murders (1994, United States)

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Radioland Murders  1994 mystery movie

Running time: 110 minutes

Language: English

It’s the opening night for new radio broadcasting network WBN that will transmit live show from coast to coast of United States. It is the golden era of radio and everything will be played live in front of the audience that gathered in the theater. The atmosphere is tense, with sponsors interfering in the scripts, scriptwriters starting a strike and personal animosities between the staff members. But if that is not enough someone is killing people involved in the production and one of the writers, Roger Henderson, becomes a prime suspect. Police tries to conduct the investigation while the show goes on, which puts even more pressure on Roger. He has to solve the mystery, otherwise he will end up in jail, but also has to stop Penny, producer on the show, not to divorce him.

The mixture of two old-fashioned kinds of entertainment: old time radio shows and whodunit mystery. Radioland Murders had excellent script, perfectly recreated the atmosphere of old radio shows and the chaos of broadcasting live. Developed from idea of George Lucas, with cast filled with well-known actors and clever script it is a good comedy and pretty damn good mystery movies. The slapstick elements in the film fitted well with the era, in which story takes place, although for modern audience it might have been a slight problem. Nevertheless Mel Smith, British comedian, did excellent job directing this movie.

Can you solve a mystery like this one?

Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

10 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

3 / 5


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Creators of Radioland Murders

Mel Smith films

Mel Smith


George Lucas films


Willard Huyck films


Gloria Katz films


Jeff Reno films


Ron Osborn films


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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