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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-10-30 11:12:12 AM  
The aliens didn't send their best.
 
2020-10-30 11:14:59 AM  
I thought the panicked crowd thingy was an urban myth? (probably perpetuated by Orson Welles who was a bit of an egomaniac).
 
2020-10-30 11:17:01 AM  
Nope, it really happened.
Not to the great extent one may have been lead to believe, but people didn't just all of the sudden become stupid in 2016
 
2020-10-30 11:19:21 AM  
Original Takes for Orson Welles Wine Commercial
Youtube VFevH5vP32s
 
2020-10-30 11:22:34 AM  
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2020-10-30 12:04:38 PM  
For those of you who follow my Paul's Memory Bank show on Monday nights, pretty sure I'll be doing a special on Saturday night and I'll be playing The War of the Worlds like I have been for the past 5 years or so.

I'll start a thread sometime tomorrow.
 
2020-10-30 12:27:18 PM  
The newspapers blew the whole thing out of proportion, not that many people freaked out.  Newspapers saw radio as competition for getting news to people and they resented it's growing popularity.
 
2020-10-30 12:48:32 PM  

oldfarthenry: I thought the panicked crowd thingy was an urban myth? (probably perpetuated by Orson Welles who was a bit of an egomaniac).


Skeptoid covered this in detail:

https://skeptoid.com/mobile/4438
 
2020-10-30 12:50:00 PM  

NewportBarGuy: [YouTube video: Original Takes for Orson Welles Wine Commercial]


I came here for the Paul Masson commercial and I am not leaving disappointed.  Also...  Green peaness.
Orson Welles in The Critic
Youtube 6i7ycxiog40
 
2020-10-30 12:50:44 PM  

ZAZ: The aliens didn't send their best.


OK, That explains Cumberland County.
 
2020-10-30 12:52:30 PM  

oldfarthenry: I thought the panicked crowd thingy was an urban myth? (probably perpetuated by Orson Welles who was a bit of an egomaniac).


No, some of the small towns in Jersey actually fell for it for a short while.  From my mother, she told me that they emptied out the theater that night until they realized it was a radio show.
 
2020-10-30 12:52:34 PM  
They're sending rayguns, and giant towers.  And some, I assume, are good Martians.
 
2020-10-30 12:52:54 PM  
I have that on CD, I'll listen to it tonight, at 8pm.
 
2020-10-30 12:53:52 PM  
Fred Trump saw the Martians dancing in the Jersey Pine Barrens. The Jersey Devil was playing the fiddle.
 
2020-10-30 12:55:24 PM  
Mercury Theater has some other good stuff from Welles too, if you enjoy old radio shows.
 
2020-10-30 12:57:39 PM  

wooden_badger: For those of you who follow my Paul's Memory Bank show on Monday nights, pretty sure I'll be doing a special on Saturday night and I'll be playing The War of the Worlds like I have been for the past 5 years or so.

I'll start a thread sometime tomorrow.


The original radio show or "Jeff Wayne's Musical War of the Worlds" ?

"No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space..."
 
2020-10-30 12:58:48 PM  
Those were some bad hombres
 
2020-10-30 12:59:31 PM  

ko_kyi: Those were some bad hombres


We don't need no steenking tripods?
 
2020-10-30 1:01:53 PM  
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I told you it was a bad time to invade Earth.
 
2020-10-30 1:04:14 PM  
Another favorite Welles radio program (this one from Suspense) is the Hitchiker


"The Hitchhiker" [restored & remastered] Iconic SUSPENSE starring Orson Welles
Youtube 8eZ1sImDFwE


Also made into a Twilight Zone
 
2020-10-30 1:04:37 PM  

SansNeural: wooden_badger: For those of you who follow my Paul's Memory Bank show on Monday nights, pretty sure I'll be doing a special on Saturday night and I'll be playing The War of the Worlds like I have been for the past 5 years or so.

I'll start a thread sometime tomorrow.

The original radio show or "Jeff Wayne's Musical War of the Worlds" ?

"No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space..."


The original radio show.

Even if our site still had a music license, there's no way I could play an album all in one shot.
 
2020-10-30 1:07:22 PM  
 
2020-10-30 1:08:18 PM  
I found an MP3 of the original broadcast.  It is farking awesome!!
 
2020-10-30 1:08:36 PM  
And by one of those strange coincidences, Mars is at its closest at the moment.
Still, the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.
 
2020-10-30 1:09:00 PM  
When I first saw this 1953 movie, I was working in a television repair shop in the late 70's.  I
always thought it was funny that they used red, blue, green lights, which were what color
televisions used.  Transmitted light...RGB.

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2020-10-30 1:09:50 PM  
The people who freaked out back then had the same mindset as libs today freaking out about Global Warming. So easily manipulated, you are.
 
2020-10-30 1:10:12 PM  

oldfarthenry: I thought the panicked crowd thingy was an urban myth? (probably perpetuated by Orson Welles who was a bit of an egomaniac).


Yes and no.

There were some people that panicked and more that were concerned. But it was massively overblown by the media at the time, and that is the story we have today.

In particular the newspapers pushed the story as an evil of radio, a medium that was steadily pushing in on their news market and (more importantly) getting more and more of the advertising dollars. Yeah, the news media wasn't much better in the past than it is today.
 
2020-10-30 1:10:39 PM  
I always wondered how anyone could think it was real with all the Orson Wells preamble making it clear that it was a radio play, then Little Steven explained it on the Underground Garage.  The number one radio show at the time was Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy, it aired on another network at the same time.  A little while into Edgar's show they'd cut from comedy to a guest singer, and that's when most listeners would "channel hop" to another station to see what else was on while the singer crooned - a lot of the "panicked" folks tuned in just in time to hear the news interruptions about invading Martians and missed all the stuff that would have let them know it was a radio play.
 
2020-10-30 1:15:48 PM  
I listen to it every year.....but on the 31st.

A radio station I used to work at always aired it on Halloween.

I still listen to a version on Youtube.

War Of The Worlds - Original 1938 Radio Broadcasts (2011 Remastered Version)
Youtube 9q7tN7MhQ4I
 
2020-10-30 1:16:19 PM  

BigGrnEggGriller: The people who freaked out back then had the same mindset as libs today freaking out about Global Warming. So easily manipulated, you are.


You'd better stock up on guns before the liberal boogeyman comes to take them all away! Any minute now... Probably right before Jesus gets back. Any minute... Ayup. Any minute... Uh huh. Sure. Any minute now... [check watch for the millionth time and taps foot anxiously]
 
2020-10-30 1:16:58 PM  
Now I'm trying to imagine what the reaction would have been like if QAnon had existed at the time of the broadcast...
 
2020-10-30 1:17:02 PM  

Undead_Elvis: I always wondered how anyone could think it was real with all the Orson Wells preamble making it clear that it was a radio play, then Little Steven explained it on the Underground Garage.  The number one radio show at the time was Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy, it aired on another network at the same time.  A little while into Edgar's show they'd cut from comedy to a guest singer, and that's when most listeners would "channel hop" to another station to see what else was on while the singer crooned - a lot of the "panicked" folks tuned in just in time to hear the news interruptions about invading Martians and missed all the stuff that would have let them know it was a radio play.


That is a common explanation given, but I don't believe there is much to actually support it versus just people happening to tune in after the start.

For anyone who is old enough to have watched TV without TiVO or streaming, how many times did you drop in on a show in progress? There were a quite a few movies over the years that I watched multiple times but never saw the first 10-15 minutes of because I would be flipping through channels until I happened upon it. It was the same for radio before TV took over.
 
2020-10-30 1:17:45 PM  

Undead_Elvis: I always wondered how anyone could think it was real with all the Orson Wells preamble making it clear that it was a radio play, then Little Steven explained it on the Underground Garage.  The number one radio show at the time was Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy, it aired on another network at the same time.  A little while into Edgar's show they'd cut from comedy to a guest singer, and that's when most listeners would "channel hop" to another station to see what else was on while the singer crooned - a lot of the "panicked" folks tuned in just in time to hear the news interruptions about invading Martians and missed all the stuff that would have let them know it was a radio play.


if you tuned in a minute or two late, you'd have missed the Mercury Theater intro.

also

Orson Welles | Frozen Peas Animated
Youtube tyko_oQ0da8
 
2020-10-30 1:18:29 PM  

BigGrnEggGriller: The people who freaked out back then had the same mindset as libs today freaking out about Global Warming. So easily manipulated, you are.


On the contrary, I love how baby girls just run screaming if somebody even whispers the word "socialism".
 
2020-10-30 1:20:49 PM  
"The Night That Panicked America" is well worth a watch.

I almost prefer the radio performances in the movie to the original.

Bonus: Orson Welles is played by Paul Shenar, who is better known for his lead role in "Scarface" later.

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2020-10-30 1:27:38 PM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: NewportBarGuy: [YouTube video: Original Takes for Orson Welles Wine Commercial]

I came here for the Paul Masson commercial and I am not leaving disappointed.  Also...  Green peaness.
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/6i7ycxio​g40]


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Yes, always!
 
2020-10-30 1:29:31 PM  

scalpod: BigGrnEggGriller: The people who freaked out back then had the same mindset as libs today freaking out about Global Warming. So easily manipulated, you are.

You'd better stock up on guns before the liberal boogeyman comes to take them all away! Any minute now... Probably right before Jesus gets back. Any minute... Ayup. Any minute... Uh huh. Sure. Any minute now... [check watch for the millionth time and taps foot anxiously]


Obummer and his goons can only hit so many houses in a day. He had to give up the keys to the Presidential Time Machine
 
2020-10-30 1:31:38 PM  
" What's all this about Martians?"

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2020-10-30 1:33:21 PM  
If you've never seen this, or don't know the backstory, Mr. Welles is supposed to say the following:

Ah, the French champagne has always been celebrated for its excellence. There is a California champagne by Paul Masson, inspired by that same French excellence. It's fermented in the bottle, and like the best French champagne, it's vintage dated.

It was a whole series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_W​e​lles_Paul_Masson_advertisements

But the crown jewel is:

Orson Welles Drunk Outtakes for Paul Masson Wine Commercial
Youtube Nvxwf1jxdaM
 
2020-10-30 1:33:26 PM  

SansNeural: wooden_badger: For those of you who follow my Paul's Memory Bank show on Monday nights, pretty sure I'll be doing a special on Saturday night and I'll be playing The War of the Worlds like I have been for the past 5 years or so.

I'll start a thread sometime tomorrow.

The original radio show or "Jeff Wayne's Musical War of the Worlds" ?

"No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space..."


I've noticed something about the various film adaptations of that. The ones that I know about were in the 1950s and 2005. Meaning that they all got to do a version of that line where it happened "in the middle of the 20th century" or "in the first years of the 21st century." No one's had to say something awkward like "about 4/5ths of the way through the 20th century."
 
2020-10-30 1:34:06 PM  
My father listened to that on the radio - he would have been 15 at the time.
 
2020-10-30 1:35:07 PM  
The X-Files: Aliens Build A Wall to keep aliens out.
Youtube ukOyEuPghmo
 
2020-10-30 1:38:47 PM  

BigGrnEggGriller: The people who freaked out back then had the same mindset as libs today freaking out about Global Warming. So easily manipulated, you are.


It's amazing that out of millions of sperms, you were the fastest.
 
2020-10-30 1:42:31 PM  

Jake Havechek: The newspapers blew the whole thing out of proportion, not that many people freaked out.  Newspapers saw radio as competition for getting news to people and they resented it's growing popularity.


Yes. They were doing a radio play. They're break away from the broadcast for commercials. A couple of people who tuned in late might have been upset but it wasn't some prank that fooled people. It was the DUMs.
 
2020-10-30 1:42:41 PM  
Original War of the Worlds Movie...havent watched it in a while.  But that part where he sees the alien for the first time...still gives me the willies.
 
2020-10-30 1:44:58 PM  
Somehow they managed to convince most people it was just a radio play.
 
2020-10-30 1:46:19 PM  
"The War of the Worlds," a radio play about Martians invading New Jersey, caused panic when it originally aired, and it's continued to fool people since--from Santiago, Chile to Buffalo, New York to a particularly disastrous evening in Quito, Ecuador...

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/​r​adiolab/articles/war-worlds
 
2020-10-30 2:08:11 PM  

Tillmaster: And by one of those strange coincidences, Mars is at its closest at the moment.
Still, the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.


So you're saying there's a chance.
 
2020-10-30 2:17:55 PM  
My father was born and raised in Brooklyn. He distinctly remembers being woken up when he five years old by his panicked parents saying, "They're coming, their coming!" when he asked "Who's" coming his parents said "The Martians!" then they listened more carefully to the radio, realized it was a hoax and sent my dad back to bed. That probably happened a lot in America that night.
 
2020-10-30 2:27:48 PM  
Then he ate a Cybertronian moon. farking alien sympathizer. We need to set up a House Un-Cybertron Committee.
 
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