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Portrait of John Barrymore. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
In 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio reproduction of H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds (which depicts a Martian invasion). So persuasive was Welles's delivery that the broadcast caused a minor nation-wide panic. John Barrymore—convinced that Martians had in fact landed—remained silent until Welles reported that the invaders were marching down Madison Avenue, at which point he rushed to his kennel (in which he kept twenty St. Bernards), flung open the gate, released the dogs, and cried, "Fend for yourselves!"

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