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

 -  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
Lola Albright ...
Roberta Lane
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Radio Announcer
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Tru-Blue Lou
Ben Blue ...
Man with a Razor
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Dale Malone ...
Otis J. Hendershot Jr
Robert Emhardt ...
Otis J. Hendershot Sr
Harry Hickox ...
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Dr. Dudley Caldwell
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Marvin Reinholtz
Earl Wilson ...
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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The story of 8 million New Yorkers who were lost in the dark... until they found each other. 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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Doris Day's character in this film, an actress constantly being typecast as a virginal heroine, was meant to be a parody of Day's own squeaky-clean screen image. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret is sitting on the couch during her interview, the yellow cushions beside her keep on moving. See more »

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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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One of Doris Day's worst comedies uses thin material...
1 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Only the most ardent DORIS DAY fan could find this one even bearable to watch. When one thinks of the wealth of material available for a story about New York City's most famous blackout, a film that could have dealt with numerous real-life stories of what people had to cope with, this scrapes the bottom of the barrel for lack of story-telling originality.

Once again Doris is indignant because she suspects she may have been compromised on the night of the blackout when she returned to her Connecticut lodgings, took a sleeping potion and woke up in the morning with a man who had done the same, wandering into the house by mistake.

Nobody is able to salvage this mess--not Doris, not ROBERT MORSE, TERRY-THOMAS, PATRICK O'NEAL or LOLA ALBRIGHT. As directed by Hy Averback, it's the weakest vehicle Day found herself in, committed to do the film because of her husband's machinations and unable to get out of it. Too bad.


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