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Most influential mark was the brilliant adaptation of the War of the Worlds, that confirmed his flair for creating magic, and as Dorothy Thompson of the New York Tribune is cited to have written, ‘All unwittingly, Mr. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre of the Air have made one of the most important and fascinating demonstrations of all time.
They have proved that a few effective voices, accompanied by sound effects can convince masses of people of a totally unreasonable, completely fantastic proposition as to create a nation wide panic.’ She then goes on to talk about how this act was a real life demonstration that highlighted and displayed the ‘appalling dangers and enormous effectiveness of popular and theatrical demagoguery.. Mr. Welles scared thousands into demoralization with nothing at all.” (Transparency)
Some of his success stemmed from his knowledge of the kind of audience he was addressing, ‘he recognized the fact that his audience was sensitized to having their favourite shows interrupted by news of some disaster’ (Richard France) and he knew what they wanted, ‘something threatening, something that was encroaching, something that was terrifying’. And he provided them with that, and it kept attracting more and more people, for the element of terrifying gory news with details satiated and attracted the desire and interest of the masses, transforming into a source of entertainment. (Battleover Citizen Kane)
However, this ‘track record of success’ that he was on came to a halting end when the twenty four year olds ‘huge ego and youth would blind him to the extent of Hearsts power and reach; he tragically underestimated Hearsts ability to counterattack’. (American Experience, PBS)
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