One in this series of late-night topical interview programs hosted by Tom Snyder. On this show, Tom Snyder interviews the controversial legendary filmmaker and prolific actor Orson Welles. Cigar smoking Welles discusses the following topics: the politically-charged opening night of his production of Marc Blitzstein's opera "The Cradle Will Rock"; why he no longer lives in the United States; his outsider status with regard to the Hollywood establishment; why he is hated by some people; his career as a film director; the effect his panic-inducing radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" in 1938 had on his ratings; the events that occurred that evening and the consequences of the broadcast; his experiences on radio; his career as an actor; why he demanded so much control over his movies; his lack of great wealth; his personal religious philosophy; his views on the future of humanity; his ideas about life after death; his relationship with Houdini; his childhood; his regrets; and what he does for fun. Includes commercials, promos, and public service announcements.


  • DATE: 1975/09 1:00 AM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:20
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:35495
  • GENRE: Talk/Interviews
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1973-1982
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Star-Kist tuna^TV - Commercials - Rolaids antacid tablets^TV - Commercials - Bic Butane lighters^TV - Commercials - Clear Eyes eye drops^TV - Commercials - Brim decaffeinated coffee^TV - Commercials - White Mateus wine^TV - Commercials - Scotchgard fabric protector^TV - Commercials - Summer's Eve disposable douche^TV - Commercials - Contac A.R.M. (Allergy Relief Medicine)^TV - Promos - "Midnight Special: Billy Preston"^TV - Promos - "The Invisible Man {Premiere}"^TV - PSA - American Bar associations^TV - PSA - National High Blood Pressure Education Program and Citizens for the Treatment of High Blood Pressure^TV - PSA - Mental Health Association ^TV - PSA - Goodwill^TV - PSA - Automatic (Stop Smoking)^TV - PSA - AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)^TV - PSA - Better Hearing Institute^TV - PSA - U.S. Department of Agriculture (Use Pesticides Safely)^TV - PSA - Wage and Hour Division


  • Joel Tator … Producer, Director
  • Pamela Burke … Program Producer
  • Katherine Coker … Staff Producer
  • Bruce McKay … Staff Producer
  • Tom Snyder … Host, Interviewer
  • Orson Welles … Guest
  • Young, Robert (actor) … Talent, National High Blood Pressure Education Program and Citizens for the Treatment of High Blood Pressure PSA
  • Harry Houdini