On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles' Mercury Players performed a radio play version of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Some people in the unsuspecting public took the broadcast as a real report about a Martian invasion. In this television play of twenty years later, several fictional storylines present the story of the 1938 broadcast and the panic it caused. Edward R. Murrow, as himself, provides short narrative bridges between scenes. The fun includes watching the young extras for a surprising number of faces that will later range from the familiar to the famous. Written by
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A television adaptation of audience reaction to the 1938 CBS radio broadcast of the adaptation of H.G. Wells
"War of the Worlds" by Orson Welles
and the Mercury Theater Players. See more
The events portrayed took place in 1938. The 'Rose-Bowl' pinball machine being played in the bar was not made by D. Gottlieb & Company until October 1951. See more
Edward R. Murrow
One troubled face out of ten. But this is the face of dawning panic on the night America trembled
Introduction from "Le Coq d' Or"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov See more