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The War of the Worlds (Dramatized) | [Mercury Theatre on the Air]

The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creatve genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth.
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One of the most memorable programs in broadcast history, the Halloween Eve 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds set off a nationwide panic that's almost unimaginable today. Presented by the Mercury Theatre on the Air and its creative genius, Orson Welles, the drama based on H.G. Wells' classic novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth. As written by Howard Koch, the play unfolds in a realistic documentary style, complete with simulated news broadcasts of aliens landing in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.

Whether they weren't quite paying attention, tuned in late, or simply misunderstood what they heard, legions of listeners thought an actual invasion was underway. The front-page headline in the October 31, 1938, New York Times told the whole story: "Radio Listeners in Panic, Taking War Drama as Fact/Many Flee Homes to Escape 'Gas Raid From Mars'/Phone Calls Swamp Police at Broadcast of Wells Fantasy".

Hear more collections of radio movie dramatizations, or listen to all of the individual programs by themselves!

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    Yvon Les Coteaux, Quebec, Canada 07-23-12
    Yvon Les Coteaux, Quebec, Canada 07-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great classic"
    Would you listen to The War of the Worlds (Dramatized) again? Why?

    yes, it was a great listening. In fact, i've already listen to it twice again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    none in particular


    Which character – as performed by Orson Welles – was your favorite?

    The reporter i suppose.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yea but could not. was happyto return to it when i did. Hurray for pause.


    Any additional comments?

    I like dramatized audiobook. hopes theres more.

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    Ethan Yokohama, Japan 05-25-12
    Ethan Yokohama, Japan 05-25-12

    Book Listener & Radio Drama Enthusiast.

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    "thoroughly impressive for it's time"
    What made the experience of listening to The War of the Worlds (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    I can understand how tuning into the first half of this radio drama
    could have freaked some people out back in 1938.
    It was really well produced.
    The voices are great.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure I will listen to it again at some point.

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