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The Movie Geeks speak with author Josh Karp, whose new book titled Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind, chronicles the history and ongoing battles to complete and release the cinematic icon's final work.
Plus, discussions on the latest releases, including Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2, and the greatest films ever made about growing old.
Chris Hill reflects on the longevity of David Letterman’s career, as well as his role in changing the landscape of late-night TV forever. Plus, in the wake of Orson Welles’ 100th birthday, Chris draws a parallel between Welles’ struggle to make “Citizen Kane” and the growing battle between traditional broadcasters and live-streaming video apps like Periscope.
The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds.
The first two thirds of the 60-minute broadcast were presented as a series of simulated "news bulletins", which suggested to many listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was currently in progress. Compounding the issue was the fact that the Mercury Theatre on the Air was a 'sustaining show' (it ran without commercial breaks), thus adding to the program's quality of realism. Although there were sensationalist accounts in the press about a supposed panic in response to the broadcast, the precise extent of listener response has been debated. In the days following the adaptation, however, there was widespread outrage. The program's news-bulletin format was decried as cruelly deceptive by some newspapers and public figures, leading to an outcry against the perpetrators of the broadcast, but the episode secured Orson Welles' fame.
Welles' adaptation was one of the Radio Project's first studies.
No guest is scheduled tonight, so I am open to all callers and will be doing something that I have wanted to do for some time now..... re-broadcast Orson Welles 1984. I have not listened to it so we will be hearing it together. I will stop at 15 min intervals to make comments, and hopefully hear yours.
Tonight we are taking the night off. We happily bring to you the 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles' " War Of The Worlds " !!
The historic October 30, 1938 Halloween episode of the "The Mercury Theatre on the Air" CBS series by Orson Welles, based on H. G. Wells's novel "The War of the Worlds" (1898), which caused much panic and even more debates on the influence of the mass media.
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WJAB Radio on the Web Loves Classics!! Come on in and Join HeAdShOt_WiLLy as we Air the Classic 1938 radio Broadcast of the War of the Worlds. The War of the Worlds was an episode of the American radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938 and aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds. The recording is about 1 hour long. After which, We will spend an hour or so discussing it. Stop by our Chat Box or Call In (714)-868-0226
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Buckle up, this one is a wild ride, boasting many questions …
Is Dean living in nominal time? Is there going to be a "new" film from Orson Welles? Did Phil join the Blue Man Group? What is feminism? What’s the deal with Dr. Who? What’s with the graphic sex in Blue is the Warmest Color? Should Interstellar really be called Inter(mittently) Stellar? Why might the Marvel films might outperform the DC films? What was revealed in the Sarah Jones/Midnight Rider lawsuit? Will Jennifer Aniston be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year?
All that is discussed, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch’s new gigs and a Live Event of the Week featuring a CHH family member.
Finally, make sure to check out the incredibly moving Project Unbreakable and the incredibly cool “Urban Legends” Halloween short film Lily Holleman stars in.
I am repeating these because they are beautiful old time radio shows
A very private miracle was on the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in 1978
Miracle in Manhattan was on Duffy's Tavern in 1948
Orson Welles and Joseph Cottens Christmas Show in 1944
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After you take the kids out for the tricks and treats tonight sit down and share some old time radio with them. On this special Halloween broadcast we have 5 short stories for you... Frankenstein!
The Australian production of FRANKENSTEIN starring George Edwards in many of the roles (people often made fun of the way Orson Welles would play two roles on Mercury Theater radio productions but George plays seven in this and about as many in DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE—not so much because of his ego but because there just wasn’t enough money to hire all the actors they needed for these full length adaptations). This easrned him the title of “The Man with a Thousand Voices”.
The show was originally broadcast on 2GB in Sydney in 1931.