'''''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.
!!This movie provides examples of:
* TheCameo: Bobcat 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.
* ClearMyName: Roger, during the third act.
* CostumePorn: Plenty of the performers wear fancy outfits (for the benefit of the studio audience, even though the main audience couldn't see them).
* CriminalMindGames: The killer interrupts the broadcast to deliver cryptic messages related to who he's going to kill next. A couple of times the interruption forces the people on the air at the moment to improvise a way to "put it in" their show.
* DevelopmentHell: Development began in the 70s. It didn't debut until 1994.
* CrashingThroughTheHarem: Page boy Billy Bennett accidentally runs into the women's dressing room, with lots of topless women. He is thrown out bodily.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Some of the {{Pimped Out Dress}}es have white feather trimming.
* GermanicEfficiency: Mr. Katzenback boasts this as he fixes the gears on his rotating stage. They become his FamousLastWords.
* HardboiledDetective: Lt. Cross. And he's just as angry as his name makes him sound.
* 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, it's subverted as Roger does this through sheer luck, though the cops believe he actually had planned it in advance.
* 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 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.
* MistakenForMurderer: Roger, leading him to try to clear his name (and being chased all over the building by the police, ''and'' still try to deliver his scripts on time). Being first on the scene (willingly or unwillingly) of every murder makes the cops suspect him.
* OldDarkHouse: It fits the bill surprisingly well, despite taking place in a (mostly) well-light public skyscraper in downtown Chicago.
* PoliceAreUseless: Most of the cops can fall under this, including Cross' partner who by himself could have killed himself at times due to his dumbassness.
* ReallyGetsAround: Claudette Katzenback has all but forced herself on pretty much every man who works at the radio station at one time or another. Roger seems to be the only one to have refused her advances.
* 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.
* TheShowMustGoOn: And it does, even with the many on-air deaths and other random insanity going on.
* TheWindyCity: Chicago during TheFifties, natch.