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The original radio broadcast of Orson Welles' famous radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds was performed by Mercury Theatre on the Air as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938. The live broadcast frightened many listeners into believing that an actual Martian invasion was in progress. Although it sometimes stated there were many disclaimers pointing out the fictionality of the invasion, there was only one disclaimer at the very start of the broadcast, and then two close together near the end, leaving ample in the middle for cofusion and fright on the part of listeners....
 
 
The original radio broadcast of Orson Welles' famous radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds was performed by Mercury Theatre on the Air as a Halloween special on October 30, 1938. The live broadcast frightened many listeners into believing that an actual Martian invasion was in progress. Although it sometimes stated there were many disclaimers pointing out the fictionality of the invasion, there was only one disclaimer at the very start of the broadcast, and then two close together near the end, leaving ample in the middle for cofusion and fright on the part of listeners....

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