February 12, 2014

War of the Worlds


Have you ever listened to The War of the Worlds broadcast?

I think one thing I never hear discussed or even mentioned in discussions of the show is that its explicitly set a year in the future.

In the beginning narration:

" In the thirty-ninth year of the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.
It was near the end of October. Business was better. The war scare was over. More men were back at work. Sales were picking up. On this particular evening, October 30, the Crosley service estimated that thirty-two million people were listening in on radios."

And later:
Near Columbus Circle I noticed models of 1939 motorcars in the showrooms facing empty streets.


Get it? The show itself was broadcast on October 30, 1938...but the events take place a year later, October 30, 1939. It's a future that didn't happen--we know in our own world, the "war scare" did result in war by that time.

Posted by Jvstin at February 12, 2014 3:00 PM