The Night That Panicked America

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The Night That Panicked America
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Airdate October 31, 1975
Teleplay by Nicholas Meyer and
Anthony Wilson
Story by Nicholas Meyer
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Produced by Joseph Sargent
Network ABC
Style 120-minute drama
Company Paramount Pictures Corporation,
The Culzean Corporation
Filming Location Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin USA

The Night That Panicked America is a 1975 television movie. The film is divided between a recreation of the recording of the infamous 1938 radio adaptation of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds and fictional accounts of public reaction.

Starring: Vic Morrow (Hank Muldoon), Cliff DeYoung (Stefan Grubowski), Michael Constantine (Jess Wingate), Walter McGinn (Paul Stewart), Eileen Brennan (Ann Muldoon), Meredith Baxter (Linda Davis), Tom Bosley (Norman Smith)

and Will Geer (Reverend Davis)

Presenting: Paul Shenar (Orson Welles)

Co-Starring: John Ritter (Walter Wingate), Granville Van Dusen (Carl Phillips), Burton Gilliam (Tex), Joshua Bryant (Howard Koch), Liam Dunn (Charlie), Shelley Morrison (Toni)

The Mercury Theatre Players: Walker Edmiston, Marcus J. Grapes, Art Hannes, Casey Kasem, Ron Rifkin

Featuring: Byron Webster (Harrison), Clarke Gordon (Matlock), Linda Dano (Secretary), Tracy Brooks Swope (Kelly), Hanna Hertelendy (Maid), Robert Lussier (Arnie), Ed Bakey (Vanderhoff)


Plot Overview

On October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles readies The Mercury Theatre on the Air to broadcast a unique adaptation of the H.G. Wells story, The War of the Worlds. Little do they know of the panic that will ensue.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


DVD Release

Title Release Date #
The Night That Panicked America February 19, 2013 1


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