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Original Air Date:
29 October 2013 (Season 25, Episode 1)
An account of Orson Welles' 1938 radio drama broadcast that inadvertently started a mass panic. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)
Charissa Allen

Julian Arahanga

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself - Film Director

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

Brady Coleman
Lucien Douglas
Susan Douglas ... Herself - Historian

Bart Fletcher
Babs George

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

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

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

Oliver Platt ... Narrator

Tony Sears

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
Becky Friend .... hair stylist
Becky Friend .... makeup artist
Nancy Rankin .... hair stylist
Nancy Rankin .... 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
Johnny O'Connor .... sound recordist (as John O'Connor)
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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Wonderful Look at the Historic Night, 26 November 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The American Experience: War of the Worlds (2013)

**** (out of 4)

October 30, 1938 turned out to be the date for the most famous radio broadcast in history. This was the date that panic took over America as Orson Welles did a radio show of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds but the only problem is that many listeners thought it was a real alien attack. I've seen quite a few articles and documentaries on this subject but there's no question that this here is the very best. This documentary works on so many levels but best of all is that it gives the viewer a very detailed look at the events of this day and everything that led up to the fear that overtook people in the country. It's interesting to hear certain things like how the Hindenburg disaster from the previous year played a part in how one actor of the play decided to add some extra fear. There's also the fact that many heard "alien attack" on the radio and feared that it was actually Germany coming onto our shores and attacking us. The documentary also covers the week events of the script being written and the various changes that had to be made before it hit the air. Peter Bogdanovich as well as Welles own daughter are among the people interviewed and it seems pretty clear that the great filmmaker was quite happy with the chaos that he caused even though clips of the press conference the following day tries to show him concerned over what had happened. Fans of the story, the radio broadcast or just the history behind it should really enjoy this episode as it pretty much contains everything you'd want to hear about it.

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