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The War of the Worlds (Dramatized) [Original Staging]

by Mercury Theatre on the Air

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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".

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Paying for this although the show is free to download elsewhere

There are many transfers of this show that do not sound very clear at all and the Radio Spirits version of this is the definitive transfer with it sounding as clear as a bell so for that alone, this is worth downloading.

Are you kidding me?

This is in the public domain and is available FOR FREE dozens of places. Why would you pay money for it?

Good recording, also legal

I can tell you from experience that this recording is most definitely NOT in the public domain. There are dozens of pirated versions you can download or stream, yes. But Radio Spirits has the best quality recording of it, plus they actually own the rights to it.

Mercury Theatre on the Air, The War of the Worlds (Dramatized) [Original Staging]
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  • Narrator: Orson Welles
  • Published: 2006

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