The Night America Trembled

Today marks the seventieth anniversary of the 1938 Orson Welles Radio broadcast that panicked America. This year also marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of the motion picture release of the War of the Worlds directed by George Pal as well as the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Jeff Wayne’s Musical adaptation of The War of the Worlds. In order to commemorate these anniversaries we would like to offer our dear readers a very special Wellsian treat with the following triple feature:

The Night America Trembled

The Night America Trembled is a television documentary that first aired on September 9, 1957, hosted by legendary dean of American journalists, Edward R. Murrow, and is an account of the panic and mayhem that ensued as a result of the Mercury Theatre’s infamous broadcast.

An Animated Film Version of Orson Welles Radio drama War of the Worlds

This is a full feature internet video clip of a Gerry Anderson (of Fireball XL 5 and Thunderbirds fame) style version of the War of the Worlds. They took the whole of the 1938 version of the Orson Welles infamous radio broadcast and created an Andersonsque animated full length presentation of it. This is truly amazing and awesome to the max. Well worth watching again and again.

The War of the Worlds Part 1: The Coming of the Martians

The War of the Worlds Part 2: Earth Under the Martians

George Pal’s Motion Picture Version of the War of the Worlds (1953)

This was the very first time that H.G. Wells’ novel was brought to life on the silver screen.


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