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Radio Station's 'Attack By Mars' Panics Thousands

When future superstar filmmaker Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel, War of the Worlds, on October 30, 1938, he had no idea that it might create a mass panic around the United States. Featuring 60 minutes of mock broadcasts detailing an invasion of terrifying Martians, the event triggered panic in some areas, and widespread criticism from newspapers around the country. In this video clip, filmed the day after the broadcast, Mr. Welles expresses his apologies - and his surprise - for the apparent panic that the broadcast instigated. Readers with a keen interest in the history of broadcasting will especially appreciate this excellent archival footage of a young Orson Welles speaking with reporters.
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May 17th, 2005
Date of Scout Publication
November 13th, 2015
Date Of Record Creation
November 12th, 2015 at 12:29pm
Date Of Record Release
November 12th, 2015 at 1:22pm
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