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The War of the Worlds radio broadcast

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The War of the Worlds radio broadcast

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The War of the Worlds is a radio adaptation of H.G. Well's 1898 novel directed and narrated by actor and filmmaker Orson Welles.

The War of the Worlds is an audio adaptation of H.G. Well’s 1898 novel of the same name directed and narrated by actor and filmmaker Orson Welles for an episode of the American radio drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed and broadcast live as a Halloween episode at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 1938, over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network.

31 Oct 1938 — Actor Orson Welles explains the radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds to reporters after it caused widespread panic.

The cast:

  • Announcer … Dan Seymour
  • Narrator … Orson Welles
  • First studio announcer … Paul Stewart
  • Meridian Room announcer … William Alland
  • Reporter Carl Phillips … Frank Readick
  • Professor Richard Pierson … Orson Welles
  • Second studio announcer … Carl Frank
  • Mr. Wilmuth … Ray Collins
  • Policeman at Wilmuth farm … Kenny Delmar
  • Brigadier General Montgomery Smith … Richard Wilson
  • Mr. Harry McDonald, vice president in charge of radio operations … Ray Collins
  • Captain Lansing of the Signal Corps … Kenny Delmar
  • Third studio announcer … Paul Stewart
  • Secretary of the Interior … Kenny Delmar
  • 22nd Field Artillery Officer … Richard Wilson
  • Field artillery gunner … William Alland
  • Field artillery observer … Stefan Schnabel
  • Lieutenant Voght, bombing commander … Howard Smith
  • Bayonne radio operator … Kenny Delmar
  • Langham Field radio operator … Richard Wilson
  • Newark radio operator … William Herz
  • 2X2L radio operator … Frank Readick
  • 8X3R radio operator … William Herz
  • Fourth studio announcer, from roof of Broadcasting Building … Ray Collins
  • Fascist stranger … Carl Frank
  • Himself … Orson Welles

More information on this classic audio drama is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(1938_radio_drama)


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