(H, LL, VV, S, NN, A) Humanism; 9 obscenities, 3 profanities & 4 vulgar or coarse expressions; 7 deaths comically depicted in the following manners -- poisoning, hanging, crushing in revolving mechanism, electrocution, laughing gas, falls from elevator shaft & tall building, & gunshot; adultery suspected by main character & referred to constantly, numerous sexual innuendoes, & adultery implied between minor characters as part of plot twist; brief, partial female nudity in dressing room; and, alcohol abuse by minor character.
The year is 1939, and Chicago's WBN is making its ill-fated debut as a fourth radio network in RADIOLAND MURDERS. Mary Stuart Masterson stars as the steady but harried secretary trying to hold the show together with murder afoot, while Brian Benben plays her soon-to-be ex-husband and multiple murder suspect. The many characters are inadequately explored, the pacing is poor, the plot is contrived, and foul language and female nudity only add to the mess.
The year is 1939, and Chicago’s WBN is making its ill-fated debut as a fourth radio station in RADIOLAND MURDERS. Mary Stuart Masterson stars as the harried secretary trying to hold the show together with murder afoot. Her soon-to-be ex-husband and the show’s head writer, played by Brian Benben, pleads his innocence in suspected adultery with the station’s sultry bombshell singer and pushes hard for a reconciliation. Amid every conceivable character that could be included in the broadcast of a live radio show, people unexplainably begin to drop dead. The only lead is an odd, mysterious voice that is heard before each murder. The only suspect is head writer Benben, who must solve the crimes, clear his name and win back his wife.
RADIOLAND MURDERS is so thin on plot that it is one of the most boring and misdirected films currently available. The sets, costumes, visual effects, and post-production are seamless, but the material is relentless and just plain bad. None of the many characters are adequately explored, the two leads are two-dimensional, the audience is never given a chance to breath, and there is plenty of exclamatory foul language and even partial female nudity. The content is unsuitable for children; and, sadly, the plot is too simple for adults and teens.