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In this “POST” I am following up on a preceding program about Jeff Wayne’s
“Musical War of the Worlds,” with a chronological listing of productions of H. G. Wells’ novel,
The War of the Worlds.

As a novel, radio programs, TV programs, and movies.

The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, first serialised in 1897 by Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and by Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The novel’s first appearance in hardcover was in 1898 from publisher William Heinemann of London. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories to detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race.
The 1938  “War of The Worlds”  radio production ( also called “The Panic Broadcast” )

is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series,  “The Mercury Theatre on the Air”

directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, as an adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel,

The War of The Worlds., with an origional script by Howard Koch.

1938 PANIC Broadcast link below:

After the 1938 broadcast of this radio show there was some panic, but no deaths were reported as a direct results of the broadcast.

In 1940 the following interview was broadcast from a San Antonio radio station with H. G. Wells and Orson Welles discussing the 1938 radio broadcast. 3 Minutes

Another Orson Welles interview is below about the 1938 broadcast:
2 Minutes:

In 1949, a Spanish-language version of Welles’s 1938 script was broadcast by “Radio Quito” in Ecuador, Chili, resulting in a local panic.

Quito police and fire brigades rushed out of town to fight the supposed alien invasion force, but

after it was revealed that the broadcast was fiction, the panic transformed into a riot.

A local newspaper that had participated in the hoax by publishing false reports of unidentified flying objects in the days preceding the broadcast, was in the same building as Radio Quito,

and that building was burned to the ground by the mob, killing 6 people inside the building.

In 1953 the first “War of The Worlds Movie,”  was produced by George Pal For Paramont Pictures.

The film is a loose adaptation of the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells, the first of five film adaptations. It is a modern retelling of the 1897 novel, changing the setting from Victorian era-England to 1953 southern California. Earth is suddenly and unexpectedly invaded by Martians, and American scientist Clayton Forrester searches for any weakness that can stop them.

The War of the Worlds won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and went on to influence other science fiction films. In 2011, it was selected for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry in the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Link to 1953 Movie Below:


On October 31, 1975, “The Night That Panicked America,”

A movie about “America’s” reaction to the 1938 “Panic Broadcast.” of The War of The Worlds,

was broadcast on ABC TV.

Click below for information about that broadcast;

In 1988, PBS produced a  50th ANIVERSARY radio Broadcast of War of The Worlds.

A slightly updated version of the 1938 script by Howard Koch, adapted and directed by David Ossman, was presented by WGBH Radio, Boston and broadcast on National Public Radio for the 50th Anniversary of the original Orson Welles broadcast. The cast included Jason Robards in Welles’ role of ‘Professor Pierson’, Steve Allen, Douglas Edwards, Hector Elizondo and Rene Auberjonois.

Click the Link below for the 1988 radio broadcast:


In 1988, a War of The Worlds TV Series was broadcast:

War of the Worlds was a Canadian/American science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons, from October 7, 1988 to May 19, 1990. The series is a sequel to the 1953 film The War of the Worlds, a loose adaptation of the novel of the same title by H. G. Wells.

Click link below for the 2 seasons:

In 2005, a War of The Worlds Movie with Tom Cruse, was produced by Dreamworks Films and Directed by
Stephen Spielberg:

Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin). When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier’s house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge from the Alien invasion.


In 2005 Classic War of the Worlds, is a direct-to video production:
  • In one of the most faithful adaptations of HG Wells’ science fiction masterpiece, Martians launch a ruthless assault on an unsuspecting Victorian England, in an At the end of the 19th century a large cylinder falls on the English countryside. A young writer is among those who witnesses the event. But soon the cylinder opens and a group of Martians appear. It soon becomes apparent the Martians intend to attack. The writer soon finds himself fighting for his own survival as the military fights to stop the Martians, society collapses, and as the human race fights to win the war of the worlds.


In 2005 “H. G. Wells: The War of The Worlds” is an HBO TV production of the Martian Invasion set in present time.

In 2008 “War of the Worlds: The Next Wave” Is an HBO production, and a follow-up of their 2005

“H. G. Wells: The War of The Worlds” with the Martians returning to continue the invasion, after their first wave was defeated.


2012 “War of The Worlds: The True Story” is a film in Documentry style, using film footage from the film

“Classic War of The Worlds”

It tells the story of the Martian invasion, several decades later, through the eyes of a witness to the Martian invasion.