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The Night That Panicked America (1975)

A dramatization of the Oct. 30, 1938 mass panic that Orson Welles' radio play, "The War of the Worlds" accidentally provoked.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Hank Muldoon
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Stefan Grubowski
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Jess Wingate
Walter McGinn ...
Paul Stewart
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Ann Muldoon
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Linda Davis (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
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Norman Smith
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Reverend Davis
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Walter Wingate
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Carl Phillips
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Tex
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Howard Koch
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Charlie
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The true story of the night that Orson Welles broadcast his version of 'H.G. Welles'' classic ''The War of the Worlds'' on the radio. Designed to be as realistic as possible, many people were fooled into thinking that an alien invasion was actually taking place. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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31 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La nuit qui terrifia l'Amérique  »

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Trivia

Actually CBS made numerous 'disclaimers' during the broadcast, which is why no one ever successfully sued to network or Welles, despite numerous lawsuits. See more »

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Welles was 23 when his "War of the Worlds" production aired. Paul Shenar was 39 when portraying Welles. See more »

Quotes

Ora Nichols: [to her assistant, assessing the Mercury Theater's show] Looks like another big night for Charlie Mc Carthy.
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Mystery Theater Playoff
(10 seconds) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Comstock
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It's not on DvD or Video?
31 October 1999 | by (A Radio Station) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. If it's ever on TV, I suggest watching it. Personally I don't usually like TV movies but this is an exception. Very good with interesting situations and likable characters. It's hard to beleive something like this once happened but it's allm true. Orson Wells must have gotten into a lot of trouble after that one. It's a shame it's not on DvD. Watch it on Halloween or the Night before.


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