Radioland Murders - madness on the air

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German title Radioland Murders - madness on the air
Original title Radioland Murders
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1994
length 98 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Mel Smith
script George Lucas (Story),
Willard Huyck ,
Gloria Katz ,
Jeff Reno ,
Ron Osborn
production Rick McCallum
Fred Roos
music Joel McNeely
camera David Tattersall
cut Paul Trejo

Radioland Murders (Original title: Radioland Murders ) is an American film from 1994, which is based on a story by George Lucas .


In Chicago in 1939, a new radio station, WBN, opened . However, the owner General Walt Whalen is already up to his neck. Its staff have so far seen no money, and the station's fate depends on satisfying the station's main sponsor . The sponsor Bernie King arrogantly demands script changes, which is taken up with annoyance by the authors. The evening radio play is recorded live in front of an audience, so the house is well filled and all employees are at their posts.

The evening takes an unexpected turn when the trumpeter Ruffles Reedy is poisoned. Shortly thereafter, director Walt Jr. is found hanged. The police involved are on site with numerous officers under the direction of Lieutenant Cross and initially assume that Walt Jr. has committed suicide. While the radio play has long since begun, the stage manager Herman Katzenback dies while trying to repair the stage mechanics. The assistant director Penny will then lead the performance. Her husband, Roger Henderson, who works as a writer at the station, is trying to get to the bottom of what happened. He comes under suspicion of murder himself, as he is repeatedly found at crime scenes by the police . When he predicts that the perpetrator will next have the announcer Dexter Morris in his sights, Lieutenant Cross does not believe him a word. A little later, the prediction turns out to be correct, and Dexter is electrocuted .

Roger works his way through the station's employee files and finds out that all previous victims had worked together in the past on a radio station in Illinois that had an unspecified scandal. Meanwhile, the murders continue, and sponsor Bernie King and owner General Walt Whalen are also killed. The police are now holding Roger as the main suspect; However, he escapes and sends messages to Penny through the bellboy to Billy. As a result, he completely rewrites the current program, much to the surprise of the actors and the audience. Using the radio play, he explains his theory to those present, according to which the sound engineer Max Applewhite is the culprit.

A showdown takes place on the building's transmission tower ; Roger and Penny witness the television invented by Max Applewhite , whose patents and rights it was stripped of in Illinois at the time. While the couple escapes, Max, who has withdrawn to the radio antenna, is shot from a double-decker . In the meantime, the audience and numerous business people were so enthusiastic about the unconventional radio show that the station can actually continue to finance itself. Welded together by the circumstances of the past few hours, Roger and Penny decide against the divorce.


The synchronous work was done by Berliner Synchron GmbH based on a dialogue book by Alexander Löwe and the dialogue direction by Clemens Frohmann .

role actor Voice actor
Roger Henderson Brian Benben Frank Glaubrecht
Penny Henderson Mary Stuart Masterson Daniela Hoffmann
General Walt Whalen Ned Beatty Gerd Duwner
Billy Scott Michael Campbell Santiago Ziesmer
Bernie King Brion James Gerd Holtenau
Lieutenant Cross Michael Lerner Uwe Paulsen
Walt Whalen, Jr. Jeffrey Tambor Hans-Werner Bussinger
Max Applewhite Stephen Tobolowsky Tom Deininger
Zoltan Christopher Lloyd Norbert Gescher
Herman Katzenback Larry Miller Eberhard Prüter


The comedy received no theatrical release in Germany and was released on video on September 13, 1995. On September 2, 1996, the first performance took place on Premiere . There are numerous cameo appearances in the ensemble film , including by George Burns , Peter MacNicol and Rosemary Clooney .


"A fast-paced, entertaining detective comedy with witty dialogues and slapstick interludes that conjures up an ironic image of the 'golden Radio Days'."

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Individual evidence

  1. Radioland Murders - madness on the air. In: German dubbing file , accessed on February 18, 2020 .
  2. Radioland Murders - madness on the air. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed February 18, 2020 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used