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Radio Rampage (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 28 March 1944 (USA)
When the family radio goes on the fritz, Edgar, naturally, decides to fix it himself in order to save a few bucks. That Edgar will destroy the house doing this simple project is a foregone ... See full summary »


Charles E. Roberts


Charles E. Roberts (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Edgar Kennedy ... Edgar Kennedy
Florence Lake ... Florence Kennedy
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Florence's Brother
Dot Farley ... Florence's Mother
Tom Kennedy ... Mr. Thompson
Russell Hopton ... Radio Announcer
Charlie Hall ... Jack - Radio Repairman
Mary Halsey ... Neighbor (as Mary Van Halsey)
Emory Parnell ... Plasterer
Lee Trent Lee Trent ... Neighbor


When the family radio goes on the fritz, Edgar, naturally, decides to fix it himself in order to save a few bucks. That Edgar will destroy the house doing this simple project is a foregone conclusion. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short


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Release Date:

28 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The $6.50 Edgar would've been charged to repair the aerial would be roughly $90.02 in 2018 dollars. See more »


Edgar counted out $27.50 for repairing the wall, and his mother-in-law's missed radio prize was $50; however, wife Florence mistakenly mentions to Edgar that his mistakes had already cost them $78.50. See more »


Edgar Kennedy: [Edgar's family is telling him about his past house repairs and how all of them wound up being total disasters. Edgar is understandably annoyed by this] Mother-in-law dear, you want the radio fixed, so you can listen to the "Busy Little Bees," don't you?
Florence's Mother: Well, yes.
Edgar Kennedy: Well, then why don't all of you go out of here and leave me alone... SO I CAN GO TO WORK?
[Edgar's family runs out of there in fear of Edgar's temper]
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Radio Damage
28 April 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Radio Rampage (1944)

** (out of 4)

Edgar Kennedy gets home to a broken radio but instead of paying a repairman he decides to try and fix it himself. Before long the entire house is a wreck and he still has to deal with his annoying wife (Florence Lake) as well as her brother (Jack Rice) and mother (Dot Farley).

RADIO RAMPAGE is another film in the long-running "regular Joe" series that Kennedy and the gang made for well over a decade. It's rather amazing to see how long this series actually lasted and it just shows how much love people had for Kennedy. As was the case with most of the films I've seen, I really wasn't overly impressed with the story but thankfully Kennedy did make it mildly entertaining. There's no question that he was this series as he at least made you feel sorry for the character and all the bad situations he got himself into. The wife character wasn't nearly as annoying here as she was in previous episodes and there were a few funny moments scattered throughout.

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