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Release Date:
30 June 1946 (USA) See more »
Lights Out is an extremely popular American old-time radio program, an early example of a network series devoted mostly to horror and the supernatural... See more »
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A creaky curio/fascinating relic from "The Golden Age of TV" See more (3 total) »


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Frank Gallop ... Your Narrator / ... (43 episodes, 1949-1952)

Jack La Rue ... Narrator (32 episodes, 1949-1950)

Series Directed by
William Corrigan (26 episodes, 1950-1951)
Laurence Schwab Jr. (25 episodes, 1950-1951)
Kingman T. Moore (21 episodes, 1949-1950)
Grey Lockwood (10 episodes, 1950-1952)
Fred Coe (4 episodes, 1946)
Hal Keith (3 episodes, 1950)
Herbert B. Swope Jr. (3 episodes, 1951)
Albert Tilt (2 episodes, 1951)
Series Writing credits
A.J. Russell (11 episodes, 1950-1951)
George Lefferts (7 episodes, 1949-1951)
Fred Coe (5 episodes, 1946-1949)
Ernest Kinoy (5 episodes, 1950-1951)
Douglas Parkhirst (5 episodes, 1950-1951)
Douglas Wood Gibson (4 episodes, 1949-1951)
Hal Hackady (4 episodes, 1950-1951)
Harry Miles Muheim (4 episodes, 1950-1951)
James Lee (4 episodes, 1950)
Wyllis Cooper (3 episodes, 1946-1951)
Edgar Allan Poe (3 episodes, 1949-1952)
Elizabeth Evans (3 episodes, 1950)
Doris Halman (3 episodes, 1951)
John Collier (2 episodes, 1946-1950)
Gerald Kersh (2 episodes, 1949-1950)
Betty Lefferts (2 episodes, 1949-1950)
Bob Wald (2 episodes, 1949-1950)
Nelson Bond (2 episodes, 1949)
Sumner Locke Elliott (2 episodes, 1949)
Ethel Frank (2 episodes, 1949)
Phyllis Coe (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
August Derleth (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
Nathaniel Hawthorne (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
Henry Kuttner (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
Milton Subotsky (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
William Welch (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
Murray Leinster (2 episodes, 1950)
Vincent McConnor (2 episodes, 1951-1952)
Ira Levin (2 episodes, 1951)
Lucille Fletcher (2 episodes, 1952)

Series Produced by
Herbert B. Swope Jr. .... producer (40 episodes, 1950-1952)
Fred Coe .... executive producer / producer (18 episodes, 1946-1949)
Arch Oboler .... producer (4 episodes, 1949-1952)

Ernest Walling .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Arlo (30 episodes, 1950-1952)

Fred Howard (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Tom Jewett (21 episodes, 1950-1951)
Richard Sylbert (9 episodes, 1951-1952)
Series Costume Design by
Elizabeth Gillelan (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Delbert Mann .... associate director (1 episode, 1949)
Series Art Department
Bob Wade .... sets (1 episode, 1946)
Tom Jewett .... settings (1 episode, 1950)
Series Sound Department
John Powers .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
R.W.D. .... lighting (13 episodes, 1951-1952)
Bill Ahern .... lighting / lighting technician (12 episodes, 1950-1951)
Walter O'Meara .... lighting technician / lighting (5 episodes, 1950-1951)
Series Music Department
Arlo .... musician: organ (2 episodes, 1949-1952)

Paul Lipman .... musician: theremin (unknown episodes, 1949)
Doris Johnson .... musician: harp (unknown episodes, 1950-1952)
Series Other crew
Walter Mullaney .... technical director (12 episodes, 1950-1951)
H.L. Folkerts .... technical director (11 episodes, 1950-1951)
Fidelis Blunk .... technical director (4 episodes, 1951-1952)
Robert Long .... technical director (4 episodes, 1951)

Marylyn Evans .... assistant to director (unknown episodes)
Frank Jacoby .... floor manager (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

30 min (160 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In 1951, "Lights Out" was being televised on Mondays at 9pm, was sponsored by Amident, and both the toothpaste and the show were doing well. Billboard Magazine for June 1951 stated "Lights Out" was the top-rated mystery/crime show on TV at that time. However, CBS debuted "I Love Lucy" in the same time spot that fall and "Lights Out" was canceled the next year.See more »


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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A creaky curio/fascinating relic from "The Golden Age of TV", 17 February 2008
Author: melvelvit-1 from NYC suburbs

This NBC TV series was based on a popular radio show of the same name and aired Tuesday nights at 9pm. Each week, fantastic tales of terror and the supernatural were filmed "live" on kinescope and fog-bound sound stages, backdrop paintings, and a bit of inventive camera work all tried hard to disguise the limitations of early television. A disembodied head (Jack LaRue and later, Frank Gallop) opens and closes the show with pithy commentary -a gimmick later used by Alfred Hitchcock, Boris Karloff, and Rod Serling. A few of these half-hour shows even have their original commercials still intact and the guest stars include Basil Rathbone, Veronica Lake, Robert Stack, Yvonne De Carlo, John Carradine, Tom Ewell, Anne Bancroft, and Burgess Meredith. A fascinating relic.

DARK IMAGE (aired 10/8/51) A young groom on his honeymoon returns to the Southwestern ranch he grew up on and his bride is soon terrorized by a bedroom mirror; in the glass is the man's dead sweetheart intent on trading places.

THE MEDDLERS (aired 7/9/51) Before blowing out a candle and bellowing "Lights out!", the disembodied head (Frank Gallop), intones, "Hello. Have you ever had the urge to search for lost treasure such as the fortunes of Captain Kidd, or the ancient Incas, or others closer to home? If you have, let me remind you of an old saying: larrows catch meddlers. What are larrows? Hmmm. We shall see. Lights out!" A history teacher (John Carradine) convinces a Virginia hillbilly (E.G. Marshall) to help him find a fortune in gold buried under the old, abandoned Larrow plantation house... "I told you larrows catch meddlers!" This no-budget nugget has it all -a cursed gold shipment, a "glory hand" cut from a hanged man, betrayal, murder, and Condederate zombies. Although reminiscent of the controversial horror comics popular at the time (TALES FROM THE CRYPT, VAULT OF HORROR , etc.), I'll bet this was one series that wasn't for the kiddies. Creaky fun.

AND ADAM BEGOT (aired 7/2/51) Kent CAT PEOPLE Smith stars in this pretty primitive but nonetheless ambitious episode about two men and a woman who crash their car near an archaeological find and are thrown back 50,000 years where they're hunted by a cannibalistic Neanderthal. An eerie ending helps.

DEAD MAN'S COAT (aired 5/14/51) Legend has it that digging up a corpse at midnight and donning its coat will grant the wearer invisibility and a vindictive, murderous millionaire browbeats his butler into helping him find out if it's true. Basil Rathbone plays the valet and the ironic yarn starts out with the two watching a LIGHTS OUT! TV show about digging up a dead man and putting on his coat...

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