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That Was No Martian, It’s Halloween

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Here is a very short excerpt of Orson Welles being questioned after the famous broadcast.  The audio is screwed up at the beginning, but the words aren’t important here.  Look at how Welles presents himself to the reporters.  Almost like a child caught doing something he genuinely did not know was wrong.  The big eyes, and surprise at the commotion…always the actor!

I didn’t do the usual reposting of the War Of The Worlds broadcast on any of the podcasts this year, but if you’d like to hear it you can find it here.

November 1st, 2010|Categories: History|Tags: , |4 Comments


  1. bmj2k November 1, 2010 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    This is also one of the few young Welles images I’ve seen where he isn’t clean shaven. This foreshadows the bushy beard he will sprout in his later years.

  2. skinner November 1, 2010 at 10:56 PM - Reply

    Ha! You’re so right about his “wha? meeee?”-mugging at the start (despite the chin-scruff).

  3. Skinner November 2, 2010 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    Site is lookin’ pretty snazzy.

  4. Jim November 2, 2010 at 6:52 PM - Reply

    bmj2k: The beard that makes him look like Nostradamus in “F Is For Fake?”

    Skinner: I think the chin scruff was to further so how taken aback and worried about the whole thing he was. He didn’t even have time to shave! That newsreel was from Oct. 31 1938, the day after “the incident.”

    Thanks for the compliment regarding the site design. I’m pretty happy with it myself. It’s actually just the default WP design with some color changes so they get the credit!

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