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The Hyped Panic Over 'War of the Worlds'

October 24, 2008 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Frank Stanton sensed trouble. Sitting in his living room on the night of October 30, 1938, the young CBS executive tuned in to catch Orson Welles's adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. The program sounded crisp and engaging — but a bit...

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