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October 1938 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Panic Over War of the WorldsPanic Over War of the Worlds

Oct 30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

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Orson Welles at the microphone and how the New York Times reacted to the broadcast
Orson Welles at the microphone and how the New York Times reacted to the broadcast
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Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 2 Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 2 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (Armaan), born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 1983)
  • Oct 8 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service) (d. 1993)
  • Oct 8 Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player, broadcaster (French C'ship 1965, US Nat C'ship 1966), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 13 Jim McMullan, American actor (Dr McDaniel-Ben Casey), born in Long Island, New York
  • Oct 16 Nico (born Christa Päffgen; singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress) (d. 1988)
  • Oct 18 Dawn Wells, American actress
  • Oct 22 Christopher Lloyd, American actor (Taxi, Back to the Future), born in Stamford, Connecticut,
  • Oct 22 Derek Jacobi, actor (Lanner-Strauss Family, Dead Again), born in London, England
  • Oct 23 Jordan Christopher, actor (Secrets of Midland Heights), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 26 Bernadette Lafont, French actress (Perils of Gwendoline), born in Nimes, France (d. 2013)
  • Oct 28 David Dimbleby, English TV presenter and political commentator, born in Surrey, England
  • Oct 29 Ralph Bakshi, American animator (Lord of the Rings, Fritz the Cat, Mighty Mouse), born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine
  • Oct 30 Ed Lauter, American actor (The Artist, The Number 23), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 2013)