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Orson Welles radio play ‘War of the Worlds’ freaked out Halloween Eve, October 30th, 1938

October 31, 2019

THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA! ORSON WELLES’ TERROR FROM MARS

Orson Welles presented radio play ‘War of the Worlds’ Halloween Eve, October 30th, 1938

October 30, 2018

Listeners who came in late missed the opening and thought the early radio shockumentary was the real thing, Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre presented their adaptation of HG Wells War of the Worlds Halloween Eve – October 30 1938

It’s the 77th anniversary of the Martian invasion

October 30, 2015

Don’t touch that dial – it’s the 76th anniversary of the Martian invasion concocted by Orson Welles!

When Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre presented their adaptation of HG Wells War of the Worlds, Halloween Eve, October 30, 1938, listeners who came in late missed the opening and thought the early radio shockumentary was the real thing.

For a nation beset by overseas war news, economic depression and rampant fear of the future, this invasion from Mars seemed all too real to listeners who already faced fear itself.

Orson Welles presented the radio play ‘War of the Worlds’ Halloween Eve, October 30th, 1938

November 1, 2014

Don’t touch that dial – it’s the 76th anniversary of the Martian invasion concocted by Orson Welles!

When Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre presented their adaptation of HG Wells War of the Worlds, Halloween Eve, October 30, 1938, listeners who came in late missed the opening and thought the early radio shockumentary was the real thing.

For a nation beset by overseas war news, economic depression and rampant fear of the future, this invasion from Mars seemed all too real to listeners who already faced fear itself.

In the aftermath Orson played “innocent” mindful of potential lawsuits but years later admitted he knew what might happen. Despite reports of mass hysteria, newspapers of the day played up the story to make it a much larger event than it actually was.