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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  19 June 1968 (USA)
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When the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965 hit, millions of people were left in the dark, including Waldo Zane, a New York executive in the process of stealing a fortune from his company, ... See full summary »

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Margaret Garrison
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Waldo Zirrer
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Ladislaus Walichek
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Peter Garrison
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Roberta Lane
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Radio Announcer
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Tru-Blue Lou
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Man with a Razor
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Dale Malone ...
Otis J. Hendershot Jr
Robert Emhardt ...
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Dr. Dudley Caldwell
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Marvin Reinholtz
Earl Wilson ...
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When the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965 hit, millions of people were left in the dark, including Waldo Zane, a New York executive in the process of stealing a fortune from his company, and two people whose paths he's destined to cross, Broadway actress Margaret Garrison and her husband, Peter. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Oh, the liberties that were taken the night New York flipped its fuse... and became "Fun City"! See more »

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19 June 1968 (USA)  »

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¿Qué hacías cuando se fue la luz?  »

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Loosely based on the actual New York City blackout of November 1965 See more »

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At the beginning, when the man walks past the subway station, there is a noticeable jump in the film, before the lion emerges from the subway. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Garrison: [repeated line]
Margaret Garrison: Hello Peter, so you're here!
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Featured in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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Where Were You When The Lights Went Out
Words by Kelly Gordon
Music by Dave Grusin
Performed by The Lettermen
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What an actress!
24 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Doris Day has always been fun to watch as she brings her characters to life on the screen. She can play such a broad scheme of emotions, often switching gears in a second. She was particularly delightful as Maggie Garrison, the very happily married wife of Peter Garrison. Then they hit a bump in their relationship--the same night that the the power goes off in New York and the NE part of the country. Maggie retreats to their country home and Peter follows. But this is made more challenging by the loss of power and all the people stranded everywhere. Doris Day is at her funniest when her husband finally does catch up with her and she's so sleepy she can't stay awake. Various coincidences and misunderstandings add up to an amusing and enjoyable film. Also of note is Steve Allen's performance as the Radio Announcer and it was fun to see Pat Paulsen as the Conductor. Both of these characters contributed to the atmosphere during the blackout. It's interesting to note how these New Yorkers in the 1960s handled the power outage, now that we've experienced 9/11.


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