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David Lowell Rich
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
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The film is set on Sunday 30th October 1938, airdate of "The Mercury Theatre on the Air"'s famous Halloween broadcast of H.G. Wells' 'War of the Worlds' on CBS from New York. See more »
The announcer introducing the Mercury Theatre on the Air's production of "The War of the Worlds" names Orson Welles and Howard Koch as the writer. While Koch did write the script, he was not named in the introduction to the original broadcast. See more »
[to her assistant, assessing the Mercury Theater's show]
Looks like another big night for Charlie Mc Carthy.
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EXCELLENT PRODUCTION AS SEEN BY ONE WHO WAS IN RADIO
As a former Radio Drama performer during Radio's hey-day, I can vouch for the accuracy of this production. Paul Stewart, who was the associate producer of the broadcast, was technical advisor for the film as well as John Houseman (The Tom Bosley part), un billed in the credits. The use of the Zerotope Studios in New York also added to the authenticity of the production. Another un billed performance is the actress who played Ora Nichols, the only woman SFX engineer in radio and head of the CBS Sound Department in the 1930's. The story of the voice sounding like Roosevelt is true, and that was done by Art Carney, a member of the Mercury Players. Many of the things they did in that production, brought back memories to this old trooper of the radio airwaves. The reaction stories were well done and also taken from actual experiences.
How fortunate that I was able to make a Video Copy of this film. So Sorry that it is not available on Video Tape. I have viewed it every Halloween night since 1975, and still get chills from the production. Paul Shanar was Welles in this film!
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