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The Night That Panicked America (1975)

On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles's radio play "The War of the Worlds" accidentally provokes mass panic.



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


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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
Orson Welles
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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

31 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La nuit qui terrifia l'Amérique  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The telefilm was produced by Paramount Television. The book "War of the Worlds" was actually filmed twice by Paramount Pictures, in 1953 and 2005, the second time around as a co-production with DreamWorks which Paramount soon acquired (although DreamWorks is independent again, its early film archive remains owned by Paramount). 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 »


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 Playon
(10 seconds) (uncredited)
Music by Frank Comstock
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Excellent recreation of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast of 1930?
4 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film was an excellent portrayal of the radio broadcast and the actor who played Orson Wells did an excellent job. The sound effects at the radio station was unbelievable accurate as to the sound of an alien space craft both landing and the sound of the hatch coming off, very scare as was suppose to happen especially back in the 30's. The acting to go along with the radio broadcast was out of sight. This was a very entertaining movie and i wish it was also available on video as stated by Mike Spangler, if that is not possible than it should be made available to be shown on TV again, so people could record it as I did some years ago, but have a very poor copy of. If this is available to be replayed on TV, than this Halloween should be appropriate to re-broadcast this fine movie

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