An account of Orson Welles' 1938 radio drama broadcast that inadvertently started a mass panic.



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Episode credited cast:
Himself / Charlie McCarthy (archive sound)
Himself - Film Director
Bertha Boughton (as Brenda Isaacs-Booth)
Ray Collins ...
Mr. Wilmuth (archive sound)
Flash Gordon (archive footage)
Robert Crossley ...
Himself - Writer
Sonny Davis
Kenny Delmar ...
Captain Lansing / Franklin D. Roosevelt / Policeman (archive sound)
Lucien Douglas
Susan Douglas ...
Herself - Historian
Chris Wells Feder ...
Herself - Daughter of Orson Wells
Bart Fletcher


An account of Orson Welles' 1938 radio drama broadcast that inadvertently started a mass panic.

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29 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Cheesy and Irresponsible "Mock"umentary
29 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The subject of this "documentary" (which seems more like a MOCKumentary) is my favorite real-life Halloween story of all-time. And I always thought that "American Experience" was a reputable series on PBS, but this episode has change that perception. I may never see this series the same way again. I don't think I saw any disclaimers or anything but it appears to me that they present fake interviews with horribly unskilled actors reciting words written by various real people from the late 1930's from various real as if making their own brilliant statement on Welles' original take on the media. Nice try ...for an amateur documentary ...crushing failure for an iconic series like American Experience.

It also drags on and on and on and the narrator's voice or manner is not conducive to holding an audience's attention.

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