The Radio Goes Insane

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The Radio Goes Insane or The Radio Goes Mad (Finnish: Radio tulee hulluksi) is a 1952 Finnish comedy film directed by Matti Kassila. The film is a sequel to The Radio Burglary, again starring Hannes Häyrinen as radio reporter Toivo Teräsvuori. Teräsvuori is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital and attempts to escape.

Radio tulee hulluksi
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Hannes Häyrinen as Toivo "Topi" Teräsvori
Directed byMatti Kassila
Written byMatti Kassila
Aarne Tarkas
Produced byTeuvo Tulio
StarringHannes Häyrinen
Ritva Arvelo
Uljas Kandolin
Kaarlo Halttunen
CinematographyOsmo Harkimo
Edited byTeuvo Tulio
Music byTauno Marttinen
Release date
  • 1952 (1952)
Running time
95 mins


The ambitious radio reporter Toivo Teräsvuori (Hannes Häyrinen) is disappointed when ordered to report on an agricultural show in Mäntsälä. He convinces his superior to let him report using a hidden microphone to gauge people's reactions on being asked outlandish questions. Things start to go wrong when the police are informed of the apparently incoherent reporter who also appears to be talking to himself. The police come to the conclusion that Teräsvuori must be insane and he is committed to Houruniemen Mental Hospital. Testimony from his wife, Eila (Ritva Arvelo), only confirms their diagnosis. Despite being detained at the mental hospital, Teräsvuori continues to make light of the situation, only becoming alarmed when the doctors there concur in the verdict regarding his mental health. Faced with the prospect of uncomfortable tests and treatments, he starts looking for a way to escape.[1]



The film was shot primarily in Helsinki during 1951. Interior shots of the mental hospital were allegedly from Merikasarmi Laivastakatu 22. Exterior shots of the hospital came from Koskela Municipal building. Other exterior shot locations include the current Supreme Administrative Court building (Fabianinkatu 15) and Kappeli.[1]

Although The Radio Burglary had been produced through Suomen Filmiteollisuus, Kassila had become frustrated with working with the studio. Instead, Kassilia, Aarne Tarkas, and Osmo Harkimo founded Junior-Filmi, an independent production company, and began filming The Radio Goes Insane.[2] Junior-Filmi did not have enough resources to independently fund filming, and thus relied greatly on Teuvo Tulio, who provided equipment and financing for the film.[3][4] The Radio Goes Insane is the only film produced by Tulio which he did not direct.[1] Although their partnership with Tulio was productive, they came into conflict over sharing the film's revenue.[2] According to Kassila, Tulio entirely withheld the film's proceeds from him and his partners.[4] Tulio refused to sell the television rights, and the film did not air on television until after his death when film rights passed to the Finnish Film Archive. Although the film had its theatrical premiere in 1952, its television debut came on 5 June 2007.[5]


The film premiered on 1 February 1952 in Tampere. Some critics saw the film as a forced sequel, carrying on the success of The Radio Burglary, though others praised the film for expanding on the satire its predecessor. The Radio Goes Mad became successful in its own right, but did not match the unequivocal critical popularity of The Radio Burglary. The film was also criticised for its glib depiction of mental health institutions at a time of psychiatric reform.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Radio tulee hulluksi". Elonet (in Finnish). National Library of Finland. Retrieved 10 March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Laine, Kimmo (2016). "Popular Modernism". In Bacon, Henry (ed.). Finnish Cinema: a Transnational Enterprise. London: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 173–174. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-57651-4_10. ISBN 978-1-137-57651-4.
  3. ^ Kääpä, Pietari, ed. (2012). Directory of World Cinema: Finland. Vol. 13. Bristol: Intellect Books. p. 22. ISBN 9781841506173.
  4. ^ a b Bacon, Henry; Laine, Kimmo; Seppälä, Jaakko (2020). ReFocus: The Films of Teuvo Tulio: An Excessive Outsider. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. p. 64. ISBN 9781474442169.
  5. ^ "Radio tulee hulluksi (1952)". (in Finnish). Retrieved 10 March 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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