January 12, 2011

Abraham Polonsky on Mercury Theatre On the Air's 1938 radio broadcast of Wells/Welles' THE WAR OF THE WORLDS

Q: Were you surprised at the reaction to THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, how the public reacted?

POLONSKY: Of course I was surprised. After all I'm a materialist and I know there are no other worlds with people flying around. But they were really frightened.

Q: Absolutely.

POLONSKY: Imagine what an idea they have of the nature of reality!

Q: Through the power of the medium...

POLONSKY: It's the power of the lack of power in the people!


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