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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 ... Tex
Joshua Bryant ... Howard Koch
Liam Dunn ... Charlie
... Toni
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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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The Night the Martians Landed  »

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The film is set on Sunday 30th October 1938, airdate of "The Mercury Theatre on the Air"'s famous Halloween broadcast of H.G. Wells' 'War of the Worlds' on CBS from New York. See more »

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Welles was 23 when his "War of the Worlds" production aired. Paul Shenar was 39 when portraying Welles. See more »

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Ora Nichols: [to her assistant, assessing the Mercury Theater's show] Looks like another big night for Charlie Mc Carthy.
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Music by Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow
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I am not generally a fan of movies made for television, but "The Night America Panicked" is a clear Exception. I was fourteen years old when I watched it with my mother who boasted a firsthand experience of the original Orson Welles broadcast of "War of the Worlds," and the resulting mayhem. She had told the story to me many times when I was younger and it was interesting to see it recreated. My mom was so impressed with the late Paul Shenar's enthusiastic portrayal of Orson Welles that she became a lifelong fan. I became of fan of Orson Welles and I loved "Citizen Kane" as well as the humor behind Citizen Kane's promotional trailer (the girls are here for the purpose of ballyhoo). Like other fans, I would like to see this movie preserved on DVD. I would buy it so I could watch it again.


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