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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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Very inconsistent. For every 3 or 4 bad episodes, there appears to be one good one. 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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One of the 1946 WNBT episodes, "Something in the Wind", was restaged during the 1949 season.See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Very inconsistent. For every 3 or 4 bad episodes, there appears to be one good one., 4 November 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

It's hard to judge this show in its entirety as there are probably only about 12-20 episodes available today (at Most of the early shows (from 1946) were never recorded and don't exist any more. Based on what I've seen, this isn't exactly a tragedy! Compared to another similar anthology series from about the same time ("Tales of Tomorrow"), "Lights Out" is pretty limp. Both shows suffered from very poor budgets and the crudeness of early live television--but "Tales of Tomorrow" worked despite this because the writing was so good. As for "Lights Out", for a horror series, it was seldom scary and often overplayed and was seldom subtle. However, a few of the shows are quite good--such as "Dead Man's Coat" and are so good that the horrible ones like "Jasper" might just be worth wading through despite this! Very uneven and mostly second (or third) rate.

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