American Experience (1988– )
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War of the Worlds 

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

Director:

Cathleen O'Connell

Writers:

Michelle Ferrari (story), Michelle Ferrari (telescript) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Charissa Allen 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 Ray Collins ... Mr. Wilmuth (archive sound)
Buster Crabbe ... Flash Gordon (archive footage)
Robert Crossley Robert Crossley ... Himself - Writer
Sonny Davis Sonny Davis
Kenny Delmar Kenny Delmar ... Captain Lansing / Franklin D. Roosevelt / Policeman (archive sound)
Lucien Douglas Lucien Douglas
Susan Douglas Susan Douglas ... Herself - Historian
Chris Wells Feder Chris Wells Feder ... Herself - Daughter of Orson Wells
Bart Fletcher Bart Fletcher
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An account of Orson Welles' 1938 radio drama broadcast that inadvertently started a mass panic.

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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WGBH See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Connections

References The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) See more »

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Cheesy and Irresponsible "Mock"umentary
29 August 2015 | by klasikvhsSee 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 sources...as 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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