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

PG | | Comedy | 19 June 1968 (USA)
During a blackout, a New York executive crosses paths with a Broadway actress and her husband.

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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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Tru-Blue Lou
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Otis J. Hendershot Jr
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Otis J. Hendershot Sr
Harry Hickox ...
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Dr. Dudley Caldwell
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Marvin Reinholtz
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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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In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that 'Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?' was one of her least favorite films, also citing The Ballad of Josie (1967), Caprice (1967), and Do Not Disturb (1965) - all films her husband, Martin Melcher, signed her to without her consent. 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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Referenced in The Thirst of Christ (2018) See more »

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Row Row Row Your Boat
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Sung by the people at the railway station
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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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