American Experience

Orson Welles' Best Performance

Clip: Season 25 Episode 6 | 32s

After the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, CBS execs hastily convened a press conference for Orson Welles. It "was one of Welles great performances as an actor. And he knew that his whole career was on the line here," said Media Historian Paul Heyer. Welles had to sound sincere in his apology, which he may not necessarily have been, according to co-producer John Houseman.

Aired: 10/29/13

Rating: NR

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