On the night of October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the Air presented a dramatization of the HG Wells Classic “The War of the Worlds”. Their play portrayed an actual Martian invasion, taking the form of realistic news bulletins.
Those who tuned in late were prone to misinterpret the play. Many mistook its realistic presentation for actual reports of an imminent invasion. Whether is was thought to be Martians, or humans disguised as Martians, people believed their homes were under attack by a foreign enemy. For forty minutes Welles’ broadcast horrified the minds of his growing audience, until an intermission revealed the reality of the drama.
Relive the night of October 30, 1938. Listen to events unfold on the radio as the Martian invasion takes place outside your window.