The Radio Burglary

The Radio Burglary[1] (Finnish: Radio tekee murron) is a 1951 Finnish crime comedy directed by Matti Kassila and starring Hannes Häyrinen. The idea for the movie came from an actual radio program done by sensationalist reporter Usko Santavuori, in which he committed a fake burglary of which local police forces had not been made aware, with the exception of the commander.

The Radio Burglary
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Directed byMatti Kassila
Written byMatti Kassila
Aarne Tarkas
Produced byToivo Särkkä
StarringHannes Häyrinen
Ritva Arvelo
Kullervo Kalske
Kunto Karapää
Kauko Käyhkö
Kaarlo Halttunen
CinematographyOsmo Harkimo
Pentti Valkeala
Edited byArmas Vallasvuo
Music byAhti Sonninen
Release date
  • 1951 (1951)


Toivo Teräsvuori (Häyrinen) is a young radio journalist who's looking for new, interesting topics on which to report. After covering a skydive on a live broadcast, he gets the idea to stage a fake burglary for his next daring stunt. He shares this idea with his friend and fellow radio employee Laakso, whom he persuades to go along with the plan without notifying either their superiors in the radio station, nor the police.

Unfortunately, Teräsvuori and Lahti happen to discuss the details for their fake crime, a burglary into the Helsinki Art Museum, in a cafe within earshot of some actual burglars, who plan their own heist to coincide with Teräsvuori's. Both crimes, real and fake, go forward as planned, and Teräsvuori is captured inside the museum, only to learn to his great surprise that an actual theft took place and that he's being blamed for it. Unable to convince the police of his story, he instead escapes and tries to prove his innocence.



In the 1951 Jussi Awards, Radio tekee murron received three awards. Director Matti Kassila won the award for Best Director, and shared the award for Best Screenplay with co-writer Aarne Tarkas. In addition, Hannes Häyrinen won a Jussi for Best Lead Actor.[2]

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  1. ^ Etling, Lawrence (2011). Radio in the Movies: A History and Filmography, 1926-2010. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7864-4949-1. The first post–World War II international film for which I could find a reference was the 1951 Finnish production Radio tekee murron, aka The Radio Burglary.
  2. ^ Jussi awards official homepage

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