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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
Burton Gilliam ...
Tex
Joshua Bryant ...
Howard Koch
Liam Dunn ...
Charlie
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Toni
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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Accurate recreation of Orson Welles' "War of the World's" radio program .
12 December 1998 | by (Baltimore/Washington DC Area) – See all my reviews

This film was a very entertaining, and historically accurate recreation of Orson Welles' radio program "War of the Worlds", which was based loosely on H G Wells' novel of the same name. It is utterly amazing that so many people believed that this radio drama was real, and the film does an excellent job of dramatizing the reactions of several people who seriously believed that the Earth was being invaded by Martians. What amazes me even more is the fact that no one has made this excellent production available for sale on video. It surely is a marketable product.


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