Lights Out: Season 3, Episode 25

Curtain Call (12 Feb. 1951)

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Off-his-rocker Kruger, a famous actor coming out of retirement for a new play with his daughter (Randel), suddenly is tormented by the ghost of his late, thought-to-be-a-suicide wife. His ... See full summary »

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Carlton Dane
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Elinor Randel ...
Lydia Dane
Frank Daly ...
Williams
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Mary Gildia ...
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Off-his-rocker Kruger, a famous actor coming out of retirement for a new play with his daughter (Randel), suddenly is tormented by the ghost of his late, thought-to-be-a-suicide wife. His daughter is a triumph in her first big stage role, but ... can Kruger take the adulation she receives ...?? Written by Whitingfan

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It appeared as if the two leads were trying to out-bad act each other!
6 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Curtain Call" is about an actor who has been off the stage for a very long time following the death of his wife. Now, years later, he and his daughter are performing comeback. However, this is a problem, as the actor keeps hearing the voices of the dead and he seems emotionally unbalanced. As for his daughter, she doesn't hear anything but based on her emotionality, I assume she was pretty unbalanced as well!

"Lights Out" was an early horror anthology television series. Occasionally, it was very good but too often the shows really let you down--thanks mostly to inconsistent writing. Sure, the budgets were minuscule for the shows, but the cheap sets were NOT the problem. A great example of this is "Curtain Call"--a show ruined by bad writing and bad acting. Now the badness of the performance of Otto Kruger, in particular, surprised me, as he was a wonderful actor. However, he so over-emotes (along with his co-star) that the show really made me cringe. Also, where was the director on this one--why didn't they tell them that less can certainly be better! Don't say I didn't warn you about this one...subtle it ain't!!


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