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War of the Worlds…and War of the Welles

The Crawford Family Forum
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Off-Ramp host John Rabe and Orson Welles expert R.H. Greene celebrated the 75th anniversary of the greatest radio broadcast of all time, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre’s production of The War of the Worlds.

We turned the lights down and played the original 1938 broadcast from start to finish. Rabe and Greene told us the exciting backstory of the broadcast and play clips from Greene’s new radio documentary War of the Welles.

R.H. played some of the now-forgotten radio drama that was the blueprint for War of the Worlds, and show how Welles led the talented Mercury Theatre players like a great conductor leading an orchestra.