broadcasted across the US, caused remarkable scenes of panic. This grave announcement was that Martians had landed in North America and capturing vast area in the country. Yes, the US was being taken over by men from outer space. The announcement was part of the radio play, but it was so realistic and produced by such a genius of the theatre that most people who heard about it, took it for fact.
Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre associates, Paul Stewart and John Houseman, had been working on the play for 5 days. They were worried because their previous plays had not been very popular with thepublic, most people on SUnday nights preferred the Charlie show on another channel.