The WotW show I really found intriguing (perplexing may be the better word) is “The Night America Trembled,” hosted by the legendary Edward R. Murrow, which I finally found earlier this year (at www.cduniverse.com
) after about two years of relentless (but fruitless) searching. For all its positive qualities, it manages to miss the boat in a somewhat startling fashion: Though presented as a dramatization of an actual event, to commemmorate the 20th anniversary of the infamous broadcast, not ONCE is Welles’s name mentioned. In fact, the three roles Orson took on in the original broadcast (including, not insignificantly, himself!) are played by different men, one a dynamic and unmistakably Welles-like fellow who alternately narrates and directs. It’s almost as though someone took the opportunity to do to Welles what he did to the nation a generation before, but in reverse: Rather than taking a fantasy, and giving it the appearance of fact, they took a real event – and gave it the appearance of fiction!
Does anyone have any insight into or background on this...?