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.
"War of the Worlds" premieres October 29 at 9pm on PBS.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
A historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
Legendary bank robber John Dillinger garnered the admiration of many struggling Americans, but FBI took him down with a message: crime doesn't pay.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.
An updated look at the Alabama tenant farmer families that Walker Evans and James Agee documented in their 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning book.