The Night That Panicked America

The Night That Panicked America

Vic Morrow
Director: Joseph Sargent Cast: Vic Morrow
Vic Morrow
, Cliff De Young
Cliff De Young
, Michael Constantine
Michael Constantine
Joseph Sargent


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The Night That Panicked America is centered around Orson Welles' notorious "War of the Worlds" broadcast of October 30, 1938. Welles (Paul Shenar) arrives at CBS studios just in time to assume his directing post for the radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic, which has been updated and rewritten in the form of news bulletins. Unfortunately, millions of listeners tune in late and assume that the Earth is actually being invaded by Martians. This TV movie periodically cuts away from the broadcast in progress to concentrate on the panicky reactions of several listeners -- including a terrified mother (Eileen Brennan) who nearly kills her own children rather than allow them to fall into the tentacles of the Men From Mars. Advised of the panic, Welles is convinced that his career is over, but the ensuing publicity makes him nationally famous. As he absorbs the events of the evening, the hoodwinked radio fans crawl back sheepishly to the safety of their homes.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2014
UPC: 0889290005991
Original Release: 1975
Source: Cbs Mod
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 33,744

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vic Morrow Hank Muldoon
Cliff De Young Stefan Grubowski
Michael Constantine Jess Wingate
Walter McGinn Paul Stewart
Eileen Brennan Ann Muldoon
Paul Shenar Orson Welles
Tom Bosley Norman Smith
Will Geer Reverand Davis
John Ritter Walter Wingate
Granville van Dusen Carl Phillips
Burton Gilliam Tex
Joshua Bryant Howard Koch
Liam Dunn Charlie
Shelley Morrison Toni
Marcus J. Grapes Mercury Theatre Player
Clarke Gordon Matlock
Casey Kasem Mercury Theatre Player
Ron Rifkin Mercury Theatre Player
Byron Webster Harrison
Tracy Brooks Swope Kelly
Hanna Hertelendy Maid
Robert Lussier Arnie
Ed Bakey Vanderhoff
Meredith Baxter-Birney Linda Davis
Walker Edmiston Mercury Theatre Player

Technical Credits
Joseph Sargent Director,Producer
Robert Birnbaum Production Manager
Jules Brenner Cinematographer
Bud S. Isaacs Editor
Nicholas Meyer Screenwriter
Herman Schoenbrun Set Decoration/Design
Anthony Wilson Producer,Screenwriter

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