War of the Worlds - DVD

War of the Worlds - DVD

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The night of October 30th, 1938 began as any other peaceful Sunday evening, with millions of listeners tuned to their radios. Yet the outward calm hid a nation tense with apprehension: the Great Depression refused to let up, and the threat of war in Europe loomed larger every day. Then, at 8:15 p.m., there was a report on the radio that Martians had landed in New Jersey. Almost instantly, people listening in responded to the shocking news. Newspapers were flooded with calls from worried listeners; many feared that New Jersey had been laid to waste and that the Martians were heading west. In cities and towns throughout the country, people stopped a moment to pray— then grabbed their loved ones and fled into the night. What began as a broadcast performance of H.G. Wells’s fantasy, The War of the Worlds, turned into one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE examines the elements that together created this frenzy, including our longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; and the creative wunderkind Orson Welles, the twenty-three-year-old director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme.

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BoxedSet
No
Cast
N/A
Closed captioning
No
English rating
NR
Format
DVD
Language
English
Number of discs
1
Quebec rating
NR
Run time (minutes)
60
Silent
No
Brand
E1 Entertainment
Product Identifiers
Walmart Item #
30793073
SKU
10269027
UPC
84188701967

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