I wish the DVD had the full recording of the radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds." It is still a good documentary about how a radio drama based on a science fiction story and presented as a live real time news report could produce a panic. Mostly people who tuned in after the show had started heard only the parts where the Martians were attacking New Jersey and they missed the introduction to the show that explained that it was just a radio drama. The public reaction after it was realized that it was only a radio play ranged from praise to rage. The DVD only deals with the events in the United States late in 1938.
This was not the only radio dramatization of "The War of the Worlds," there are others not mentioned on the DVD. The more infamous example was the broadcast during February, 1949 in Quito, Ecuador. It created a mass panic among the citizens of Quito! When they learned that it was a radio play, they were not amused. Reportedly a mob formed and a riot broke out. The building where the radio station was located in was set on fire. Tragically, a few people were killed as a result. For more information about this incident, you might enter terms like Quito, "War of the Worlds, and "radio hoax" into the search engine of your choice.
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