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Original Air Date:
29 October 2013 (Season 25, Episode 6)
An account of Orson Welles' 1938 radio drama broadcast that inadvertently started a mass panic. | Add synopsis »
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This "American Experience" episode-"The War of the Worlds"-puts things in perspective surrounding the events of that infamous radio broadcast See more (6 total) »


 (Episode Cast)

Charissa Allen

Julian Arahanga
Edgar Bergen ... Himself / Charlie McCarthy (archive sound)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself - Film Director

Brenda Isaacs Booth ... Bertha Boughton (as Brenda Isaacs-Booth)

Brady Coleman
Ray Collins ... Mr. Wilmuth (archive sound)

Buster Crabbe ... 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

Babs George

Jennifer Griffin ... Florence Rohm
Paul Heyer ... Himself - Media Historian

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Annalee Jefferies
T.J. Jackson Lears ... Himself - Historian
Betsy Lindley
Tim Mateer
Herbert Morrison ... Himself - Announcer Witnessing Hindenburg Disaster (archive sound)
Chris Olson ... Louis F. Heidenrich

Oliver Platt ... Narrator (voice)
Eric Rabkin ... Himself - Writer

Jean Rogers ... Dale Arden (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
David Ropeik ... Himself - Journalist

Tony Sears
Dan Seymour ... Announcer (archive sound)

Ashley Spillers ... Gerta S. Brown
Mj Vandivier

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)

Irene White ... Esther L. Hoadley

Episode Crew
Directed by
Cathleen O'Connell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michelle Ferrari  story
Michelle Ferrari  telescript
A. Brad Schwartz  story

Produced by
Susan Bellows .... series producer
Sharon Grimberg .... executive producer
Molly Jacobs .... producer
Melissa Martin .... coordinating producer
Heather Merrill .... associate producer
Heather Merrill .... associate producer
Susan Mottau .... coordinating producer
Cathleen O'Connell .... producer
Mark Samels .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Kusiak 
Cinematography by
Jason Longo 
Stephen McCarthy 
Film Editing by
Brian Funck 
Makeup Department
Jacenda Barrett .... hair stylist
Jacenda Barrett .... makeup artist
Jacenda Burkett .... makeup department head
Nancy Rankin Escovedo .... hair stylist (as Nancy Rankin)
Nancy Rankin Escovedo .... makeup artist (as Nancy Rankin)
Becky Friend .... hair stylist
Becky Friend .... makeup artist
Marcy Skyer .... hair stylist
Marcy Skyer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vanessa Ezersky .... post-production manager
Nancy Sherman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Smith .... assistant director
Art Department
Yvonne Boudreaux .... art department crew
Chris Clayton .... art department crew
Brad Haviland .... art department crew
Fabian Valdez .... art department crew
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... supervising sound editor
John Bentley .... sound recordist
John Chiarolanzio .... foley artist
Peter Deutscher .... sound recordist
John O'Connor .... sound recordist
Jamie Scarpuzza .... sound recordist
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
David Brink .... assistant camera
Wes Dixon .... best boy lighting
Steve Drake .... key grip
Josh Taylor .... gaffer
Steve Urban .... best boy grip
Animation Department
Alisa Placas Frutman .... animator (as Alisa Placas)
Aaron Nee .... animator
Casting Department
Vicky Boone .... casting
Catherine DeMartino .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Grace Burns .... wardrobe (as Lauren Burns)
Virginia Johnson .... wardrobe
Mirin Soliz .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Spencer Gentry .... post-production
John Jenkins-Stark .... post-production
Don Wyllie .... colorist
Don Wyllie .... on-line editor
Music Department
Beth Cohen .... musician: violin
Joel Goodman .... composer: theme music
Rob Jaret .... composer: additional music
Rob Jaret .... musician: synthesizer
John Kusiak .... musician: keyboard
Billy Novick .... musician: clarinet
Richard Ranti .... musician: bassoon
Richard Sebring .... musician: french horn
P. Andrew Willis .... composer: additional music
P. Andrew Willis .... musician: synthesizer
Transportation Department
Jerry Patin .... driver
Other crew
Casey Davis .... special project assistant
Max Fathom .... craft service
Susana Fernandes .... project administration
Jay Fialkov .... legal
Janice Flood .... legal
Carmen Guzman .... intern
Paul Heyer .... advisor
Stephen Hooker .... production assistant
Scott Kardel .... legal
Ismael Leiva IV .... production assistant (as Ismael Levia)
Mary Lugo .... publicist
Julianna Newmeyer .... production secretary
Lauren Noyes .... project administration
Chika Offurum .... accountant
Lauren Prestileo .... publicist
Rich Remsberg .... archival researcher
Olivia Rotenberg .... intern
Joshua Seftel .... recreations director
Chynna Shapiro .... intern
Leslie Strain .... transcriptor
Cara White .... publicist
Helen K.C. Yung .... bookkeeping
Lauren Amundson .... special thanks
Mary Louise Bill .... special thanks
Carter Cook .... special thanks
Jonathan Edwards .... special thanks
John Gosling .... special thanks
Elizabeth Kreimendahl .... special thanks
Marynell Levine .... special thanks
Peter Koch Shawn Purcell .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
This "American Experience" episode-"The War of the Worlds"-puts things in perspective surrounding the events of that infamous radio broadcast, 31 October 2013
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Exactly 75 years and a day ago, Orson Welles managed to cause a public panic over the radio airwaves when he presented his version of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" as a series of interrupting news bulletins for most of an hour without commercial interruption or a disclaimer informing the fictional nature of the program except at the beginning or near the end. Much of the listeners may have come in late since it was opposite the very popular program, "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" starring Edgar Bergen and his dummy, Charlie McCarthy. But when Nelson Eddy started singing, many switched dials and heard about invading Martians. It was during this period in time that much of those listeners were used to news about Hitler possibly invading the U.S. based on his doing so to other countries. Also, the previous year, there was the Hindenburg disaster that was harrowingly reported live as it happened. This "American Experience" program discussed those details and also had actors play actual citizens who commented on what happened to them as the program went on the air. Many were not amused though some were relieved when learning it was just a play. I especially liked the woman who laughed while getting drunk when the bartender told her it wasn't true. Seeing Welles in the press conference expressing regret was fascinating to watch especially as his daughter reveals he seemed to enjoy the attention that resulted afterwards. Quite fascinating, the way the thing was put together with what I just mentioned as well as scenes from a later live TV special called "The Night America Trembled" about the events surrounding that infamous program and which I reviewed several years ago on this site. So on that note, I highly recommend "The American Experience: The War of the Worlds".

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