History Film / TheRadiolandMurders

18th Oct '16 6:52:21 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Radioland Murders'' is a 1994 comedy-mystery produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas and directed by [[Film/BrainDonors Mel Smith]].

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''Radioland
Murders'' is a 1994 comedy-mystery produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas and directed by [[Film/BrainDonors Mel Smith]].
18th Oct '16 6:50:33 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''The Radioland Murders''''' is a whodunnit murder mystery produced by George Lucas and directed by [[Film/BrainDonors Mel Smith]].

It's the inaugural night for radio station WBN Chicago, and things absolutely ''must'' go as planned. The largest investor is threatening to pull his support, and a lot of others are threatening to follow suit. And what's worse, he wants half the scripts changed, even though the writers have gone on strike since they haven't been paid in weeks.

Enter Roger Henderson, the lead writer, and his wife, Penny, who is seeking to divorce him. Both are just trying to make sure everything goes well, but darnit, someone keeps killing people. And wouldn't you know it, Roger always manages to be the first on the scene of the crime. So while Penny tries to keep things from falling apart backstage, Roger has to clear his name, while running from the cops and single-handedly re-writing all of the scripts.

The Radioland Murders was in DevelopmentHell for over 20 years before it finally got its debut, but was mostly panned and did very poorly at the box office. Which is a shame since it is absolutely hilarious.

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'''''The ''The Radioland Murders''''' Murders'' is a whodunnit murder mystery 1994 comedy-mystery produced by George Lucas Creator/GeorgeLucas and directed by [[Film/BrainDonors Mel Smith]].

Chicago, 1939: It's the inaugural night for radio station WBN Chicago, WBN, and things absolutely ''must'' go as planned. The largest investor is threatening to pull his support, and a lot of others are threatening to follow suit. And what's worse, he wants half the scripts changed, even though the writers have gone on strike since they haven't been paid in weeks.

Enter Roger Henderson, Henderson (Brian Benben), the lead writer, and his wife, Penny, wife Penny (Mary Stuart Masterson), who is seeking to divorce him. Both are just trying to make sure everything goes well, but darnit, darn it, someone keeps killing people. And wouldn't you know it, Roger always manages to be the first on the scene of the crime. So while Penny tries to keep things from falling apart backstage, Roger has to clear his name, while running from the cops and single-handedly re-writing all of the scripts.

The Radioland Murders film was in DevelopmentHell for over 20 years before it finally got its debut, released, but was mostly panned and did very poorly at the box office. Which is a shame shame, since it is absolutely hilarious.hilarious.
10th Apr '16 1:06:44 PM ProfessorDetective
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* DevelopmentHell: Development began in the 70s. It didn't debut until 1994.
21st Mar '16 10:27:24 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AllPartOfTheShow: The broadcast interrupts with cryptic clues, sabotaged equipment, lack of script to work with, ''murders happening and the noise of them occurring making it to the air... TheShowMustGoOn, and improv happens.

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* AllPartOfTheShow: The broadcast interrupts with cryptic clues, sabotaged equipment, lack of script to work with, ''murders happening and the noise of them occurring making it to the air...air, a murderer confessing his crime''... TheShowMustGoOn, and improv happens.
21st Mar '16 10:26:24 PM marcoasalazarm
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* HelloAgainOfficer: Roger keeps on running into (and pissing off) Cross. Part of the reason Cross goes all InspectorJavert on Roger is because every single time they do, there is a dead body right there with them (and so Cross ends up coming to suspect that Roger is pulling the cops' chain with his insinuations of innocence).



* ItWasHereISwear: Roger runs into one of the dead bodies early on, and while he runs to get the cops, the murderer manages to take the body away. The cadaver is discovered later, and obviously Cross believes Roger did it.



* ThrowItIn: InUniverse: The cryptic interruptions are worked around in a couple of shows, and Roger (in order to prove his innocence) writes his assumptions of who is the murderer (which turn out to be right) into the script of one of the shows so everybody ([[BluffingTheCriminal especially said murderer]]) will listen.

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* ThrowItIn: InUniverse: The cryptic interruptions are worked around in a couple of shows, and Roger (in order to prove his innocence) writes his assumptions of who is the murderer (which turn out to be right) into the script of one of the shows so everybody ([[BluffingTheCriminal especially (''especially'' said murderer]]) murderer) will listen.
21st Mar '16 10:21:56 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AllPartOfTheShow: The broadcast interrupts with cryptic clues, sabotaged equipment, lack of script to work with, ''murders happening and the noise of them occurring making it to the air... TheShowMustGoOn, and improv happens.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: InUniverse, television. It is everybody else scoffing at the idea after all the effort and even having a working camera model in TheFifties that drives the murderer to...well, murder.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: InUniverse, television.television (and ''color'', at that). It is everybody else scoffing at the idea after all the effort and even having a working camera model in TheFifties that drives the murderer to...well, murder.


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* ThrowItIn: InUniverse: The cryptic interruptions are worked around in a couple of shows, and Roger (in order to prove his innocence) writes his assumptions of who is the murderer (which turn out to be right) into the script of one of the shows so everybody ([[BluffingTheCriminal especially said murderer]]) will listen.
5th Aug '15 11:32:10 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* ShowWithinAShow: This being about a radio station in the 30s, there are many, and most of them parallel what's going on with Roger surprisingly well.

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* ShowWithinAShow: This being about a radio station in the 30s, '30s, there are many, and most of them parallel what's going on with Roger surprisingly well.
5th Aug '15 11:30:57 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* InspectorJavert: Cross, regarding Roger. Roger being the first guy to arrive at (if not being right on) the murder scene (and a couple of occasions the sole witness to the murder) doesn't helps his case.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: InUniverse, television. It is everybody else scoffing at the idea after all the effort and even having a working camera model in TheFifties that drives the murderer to... well, murder.

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* InspectorJavert: Cross, regarding Roger. Roger being the first guy to arrive at (if not being right on) the murder scene (and a couple of occasions the sole witness to the murder) doesn't helps help his case.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: InUniverse, television. It is everybody else scoffing at the idea after all the effort and even having a working camera model in TheFifties that drives the murderer to... well, murder.
5th Aug '15 11:28:54 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* TheCameo: Bobcat Goldwaite as one of the writers on strike, drunk off his ass and providing KillEmAll ideas for every script. Also George Burns as an InUniverse comedian.

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* TheCameo: Bobcat Goldwaite Goldthwait as one of the writers on strike, drunk off his ass and providing KillEmAll ideas for every script. Also George Burns as an InUniverse comedian.
5th Aug '15 11:26:47 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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* TheCameo: Bobcat Goldwraith as one of the writers on strike, drunk off his ass and providing KillEmAll ideas for every script. Also George Burns as an InUniverse comedian.

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* TheCameo: Bobcat Goldwraith Goldwaite as one of the writers on strike, drunk off his ass and providing KillEmAll ideas for every script. Also George Burns as an InUniverse comedian.



* IndyPloy: Given its writer, this comes naturally into play as Roger is able to somehow escape after being framed for the murders the cops. However, its subverted as Roger does this through sheer luck, though the cops believe him actually had planned it in advanced.

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* IndyPloy: Given its writer, this comes naturally into play as Roger is able to somehow escape after being framed for the murders by the cops. However, its it's subverted as Roger does this through sheer luck, though the cops believe him he actually had planned it in advanced.advance.
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