Radioland Murders (1994)

MEL SMITH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1994.  Universal Pictures, Lucasfilm.  Story by , Screenplay by , , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Painfully boring comedy from the usually more imaginative George Lucas tries to pay tribute to the “good old days” of moviemaking but falls flat on its face. It takes place at a radio station in the forties where a program executive () is trying desperately to keep everything in line while the radio tries to launch its new spate of programs for the general public. Unfortunately, a series of foul plays keep getting in the way of keeping everything under control. makes an ill-advised starring debut as a performer with his share of involvement in the mysteries. Boisterous and colourful, the film has a Dick Tracy-like glamour to it, but the writing is so flat and dull that nothing can save it from the obscurity that it definitely deserves.

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