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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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Date Issued 2005-05-17
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Date of Scout Publication 2015-11-13
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