The Night That Panicked America (1975)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  31 October 1975 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Muldoon
Stefan Grubowski
Jess Wingate
Walter McGinn ...
Paul Stewart
Ann Muldoon
Linda Davis (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Norman Smith
Reverend Davis
Walter Wingate
Carl Phillips
Burton Gilliam ...
Joshua Bryant ...
Howard Koch
Liam Dunn ...


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 <>

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31 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La nuit qui terrifia l'Amérique  »

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Did You Know?


As he prepares to abandon his family at the start of the movie, Hank Muldoon complains that he's 28 but looks like he's 40. Vic Morrow, the actor playing Muldoon, was 44 when the movie was filmed. See more »


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


Ora Nichols: [to her assistant, assessing the Mercury Theater's show] Looks like another big night for Charlie Mc Carthy.
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Cocktails for Two
Music by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow
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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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