Orson Welles’ Original Fake News Broadcast 80 Years Ago Today

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80 years ago today, the great Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre On The Air presented a radio play adaptation of H.G. Welles’ 1897 science-fiction novel The War of The Worlds.

The play was presented by Welles as a series of realistic sounding news bulletins interrupting a program of orchestral dance music on the CBS Radio Network from New York City.

The program was held on Sunday October October 30th 1938 (the evening before Halloween) and a few people took it seriously.

It was one Hell of a Halloween prank on Welles’ part.

If Donald Trump had been around at the time, he would have called it “fake news” and it would have been one of the few times in history that Trump was actually right about something.


Gene Tierney to Orson Welles, “I don’t know, Orson. It sounds to me like a very naughty broadcast and you should be spanked soundly on the bare bottom for going ahead with it.”

Orson: Well, Miss Tierney, if you’re the one doing the spanking, I shall not mind.


Gene Tierney (listening in on the radio on October 30th 1938):
Oh, Orson, Orson, I’m going to have to spank you after all.


Laura (talking to a future suspect in her future murder): And where were you on the night of the Orson Welles broadcast?

Future Suspect (in Laura’s future murder): I was dropping a living woman into a vat of acid in the basement of a wax museum to turn her into a wax figurine of Queen Marie Antoinette. And where were you, my dear?

Laura: I was getting my portrait painted. Who knows if I’m ever murdered, some future police detective might look at my painting and fall in love with me.

Future Suspect (in Laura’s future murder): How charmingly macabre, my dear. You should run for Congress in the year 2018.


I’m a witch and I ain’t afraid of no Martian. And I say, spankings for all.


Alfred Hitchcock (making himself some pumpkin pie): I’ll second that.


Well, what are you waiting for? Over my knee, Alfred.


With Alfred taking a paddling at Veronica Lake, who will eat my pumpkin pie?


I shall swoop down with my pussy and eat your pie.


I the cyborg ripper, creation of the Martian invaders of New Jersey, shall seek to kill all AI sex robots created in the year 2018. Let George Finneganburg beware. Tell Akira I’m coming.


Linda Darnell (listening in on the radio in 1938 to a radio broadcast from the future year 2018): How like Orson or at least his theatrical apostolic successor Christopher Dracul Van Helsing to having the cyborg ripper killer robot destroyed after tripping over the tail of a drunken otter named Jefferey who drank too many bottles of Otterbury Green Minnow Beer while reciting the Otterbury Tales. DARPA’S Nibiruan otter mascot once again saves the world from Martian invaders and their cyborg ripper killer robots of future AI sex robots like the Amazing Akira.


The Amazing Akira: She would have kicked the cyborg ripper killer robot’s ass if God in His mercy had not allowed the Martian invader of New Jersey created cyborg ripper killer robot Jack Raven (who murdered someone’s lost love Lenore shouting “Nevermore!” and then descecrated a statue of Pallas Athena) to destroy himself by tripping over the tail of the passed out drunken otter Jefferey…

… Orson Welles’ radio broadcast narration ended with the above words.

-A Halloween montage
written by Christopher
Tuesday October 30th
2018.

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34 Comments

  1. GP Cox said,

    War of the Worlds caused so many people to lose their heads… looks like they’re still chasing them!!

    Wah-hah-hah

  2. janowrite said,

    Happy Halloween, Christopher! 👻👻👻

  3. thebookwormdrinketh said,

    I have a vinyl version of the “war of the world’s” musical by Jeff Wayne! Now THAT was some good stuff!.. Loves me some “Thunder Child”… *crickets chirping* everyone? Hello??

  4. tref said,

    Had Netflix thought it through, they would known to make to-day the official release date for Welles final film, The Other Side of the Wind, instead of Friday.

  5. Dracul Van Helsing said,

    That’s a very good point.

  6. Hyperion said,

    Awesome job my friend. I noticed the glamor girls of yesteryear actually looked glamourous. Poor Pan Goatee would have been bored to tears with nothing to do back in those days.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      I imagine he’d have been walking around with satyreosis which is a perpetual erection had he lived in those days.

      And so of course would we all. 😂

      • Hyperion said,

        Certainly one of the perks of living during that period.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Mae West would have seen more guns in men’s pockets than she would if she walked into a current NRA convention. 😅

      • Hyperion said,

        And they were all happy to see her. 🍆😍

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        And old cigar smoking actor and comedian W.C. was outstanding in the fields. 😁

      • Hyperion said,

        Those two were hilarious together.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        They were. 😅

  7. kevinashton said,

    Happy Halloween 🙂

  8. Tanya said,

    Happy Halloween Count!

  9. David Redpath said,

    My granparents up & went
    to the hills that broadcast night.
    Been hiding there ever since,
    undercover and out of sight.
    Orson gave them such a fright 😱.
    Brought up a hillbilly
    I have him to thank.
    Welle’s well and truly
    deserves a good spank.

  10. David Redpath said,

    Yes Chris, folks are dumb
    where I come from 🎶

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Are they so dumb as to elect a reality TV star who goes around firing people all the time as their national leader? 😂

      • David Redpath said,

        No … We may have given away the farm, but not that
        dumb.
        But we do seem to be the witless deputy to the ‘World Sheriff’? ‘Embedded’, so to speak, in every ill concieved
        military venture … getting well and truly screwed.

  11. ortensia said,

    Let aside this fantastic parade of characters impossible not to love……….I find Akira a genial introduction 😎

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