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The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

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What listeners say about Mercury Theatre: The War of the Worlds - October 30, 1938

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Orson is a genius

Even today, this adaptation of H. G. Wells' classic novel is thoroughly exciting, gripping, and immersive

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The legend is real

Orson Welles was a genius. 80 years later, the audio format still expects something that can be put next to this. While the audio quality isnt that good, it remains the best thing u can find on audible. After this, I am actually tempted to get some radio collection from Orson Welles.

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A true classic

If you only have an hour to yourself listen to this. It is a joy.

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  • A. West
  • 17-01-19

The infamous broadcast that scared the country!

An Orson Welles classic. it's fascinating to hear the broadcast that frightened the country in an earlier more credulous time (Halloween of 1938). Still a good adaptation of the book. And it's played very well.

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  • Heather Fausnacht
  • 31-10-19

best ever

Poor New Jersey, it was cut in half by the martians. Best listen for Halloween.

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