Martian Mania: The True Story of "War of the Worlds" | 1998
Documentary on the epic Halloween Eve, 1938 broadcast of Orson Welles' radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds." Heard by an estimated 6 million listeners nationwide, many mistook the radio drama for an actual Martian invasion. Host James Cameron takes a look at Welles' masterful use of sound and pacing in bringing the story to life, the national hysteria that ensued and the reaction once the true story was revealed.