With Lament Cranston in one pocket and his own
radio show. The Mercury Theater of the Air, our Boy
Wonder filled the night with his resounding tones.
And on October 30th of 1938, he became what he felt
destined to be:
a household name.
What started out as a roguish Halloween prank became the most famous
radio show in the history of the galaxy!
Images of the WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast and panic: listeners huddling
next to their radios; telephone switchboards lighting up; New Jersey
State Motorcycle Troopers zooming down rural roads; cars clogging the
highways. As we hear:
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS sent this nation spinning
into a frenzy. Nine million listeners clasped their
loved ones close and looked to the skies with
horror. Unlucky listeners near the epicenter of the
"invasion" -- rural New Jersey -- ran screaming into
the night, sure a monstrous alien and a fiery death
awaited them around every corner! The mischievous
Boy Wonder had fooled us all!
Newsreel footage of a packed press conference with Welles the day
following the broadcast:
Of course ... of course ... if I had known the
panic the broadcast was causing -- well I would have
stopped! I never meant for any of this to happen and
I feel just horrible!
Quick newsreel clips of Welles leaving the press conference with
Houseman. We see them slip into a taxi. Inside the taxi we can just
glimpse Welles exploding with laughter.
How long, oh how long could it possibly be before
the sunny land of dreams tried to harness the
combustible power of this showman, this impresario,
this best of all possible Boy Wonders?!
Images of Welles posing and shaking hands with GEORGE