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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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Roberta Lane
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Man with a Razor
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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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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 »

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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 tiger emerges from the subway. See more »

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Referenced in The Heart of Darkness (2017) 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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Doris betrayed
4 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Where Were You When The Lights Went Out is based on a French sex farce I doubt the original play was anything like this film. Especially since there is no French equivalent for Doris Day, no such thing as a virgin, an all French version on their big screen.

I well remember the 1965 blackout on the East Coast, just settling down to dinner with my parents and everything electric went out. But we didn't have half the adventures this cast had.

Doris plays herself essentially, an actress with an All American virgin image locked into a long running play with neurotic director Terry-Thomas at the helm and married to Patrick O'Neal an architect. When the blackout strikes there's no evening performance and Doris returns home to find O'Neal with magazine writer Lola Albright who had been doing a feature interview with them before she left for the theater.

In the meantime a jealous Robert Morse being passed over for promotion by his boss Robert Emhardt's idiot son steals two million in cash, something he had been planning for a while. The blackout puts a real crimp into his getaway plan.

All the principle players manage to wind up at Doris and Pat's Connecticut home and the bedroom comedy begins.

It wasn't the Code that put a damper on this film, it was rather Doris Day and the studio's attempt to remain true to the virginal image that her public expected. This was one of those films toward the end of her career that her husband Marty Melcher put her in to recoup monies he had made bad investments with, her money.

Where Were You When The Lights Went Out has not worn well over the years. Doris was carrying a heavy load here.


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