Archive for War of the Worlds

For the Love of Science-Fiction :: Prepare for an EXPERIENCE! From Limitless Space They’re Reaching for YOU! (November, 1953)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2015 by WB Kelso


This post is part of the For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon hosted by Ferdy on Films, This Island Rod, and Wonders in the Dark. This year’s theme is science-fiction, and we’ll be leaning hard toward the “mad science” portion of the genre, here’s an exception. Hope you enjoy, and please click on the link above and donate to help restore the silent film, Cupid in Quarantine. The goal is to raise $10,000. Give what you can, won’t you? Thank you!


War of the Worlds (1953) Paramount Pictures / EP: Cecil B. DeMille / P: George Pal / AP: Frank Freeman Jr. / D: Byron Haskin / W: Barré Lyndon, H.G. Wells (novel) / C: George Barnes / E: Everett Douglas / M: Leith Stevens / S: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Cedric Hardwicke

Random Drive-In Mash-Up :: June, 1959

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2014 by WB Kelso

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When the Felgercarb Hit the Fan over the War of the Worlds :: The Nation Reacts to the Greatest Hallowe’en Prank Ever! (October, 1938)

Posted in 1930-1939, Vintage News Articles, Vintage News Photos with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by WB Kelso








“This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that The War of the Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering in which it was intended to be; the Mercury Theater’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of bush and saying ‘Boo.’ Starting now we couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night so we did the next best thing: we annihilated the world before your very ears and utterly destroyed the [Colombia Broadcasting System]. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it and that both institutions are still open for business. So goodbye, everybody, and remember, please, for the next day or so, the terrible lesson you learned tonight. That grinning, glowing, globular invader of your living room is an inhabitant of the pumpkin patch, and when your doorbell rings and nobody’s there, that was no Martian. It’s Hallowe’en.”


Video courtesy of MichaelTivey.