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Outtakes from War of the Worlds

To bring freshness to the story behind Orson Welles’ famous broadcast, producers used letters written by listeners right after hearing the War of the Worlds radio broadcast on October 30, 1938. For our October 29, 2013 documentary, actors delivered monologues of parts of these letters as if they were archival interviews. Here, actors have some fun at the end of the day describing what it’s like to play a character from the 1930s.

American Experience’s War of the Worlds premieres on PBS October 29, 2013.