Orson Welles w/Bernard Herrmann in the background.
Tomorrow marks the 75th Anniversary of one of the most notorious radio broadcasts the world has ever know, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air’s The War of the Worlds. Broadcast on CBS to millions of listeners, those who missed the introduction were lead to believe that Earth was being invaded by Martians and panic ensued. This radio broadcast and its proven ability to have an effect on people in such amazing ways is what inspired me to follow a career in broadcasting and I have nothing but love and respect for Orson Welles and what an absolute genius he was… I will be posting a few pics and the complete broadcast for your listening pleasure.
I have made it a tradition in our home to listen to War of the Worlds every Halloween season, hopefully you’ll be inspired to do the same… it is everything about Halloween that makes it so much fun.
Orson Welles’ sign-off always succeeds in bringing a joyful tear to my eye…
"This is Orson Welles, Ladies and gentlemen, out of character to assure you that The War of The Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be. The Mercury Theater’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying Boo! Starting now, we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night… so we did the best next thing. We annihilated the world before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the C. B. S. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye everybody, and remember the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and if your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian…it’s Hallowe’en.”