Lights Out (1946–1952)
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Mrs. Manifold 

In 1890s London, Mrs. Manifold runs a boarding house for sailors on the waterfront. New hire John hears from a customer that her wine-guzzling husband, Ambrose, long ago disappeared and ... See full summary »

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John Robinson
Adelaide Klein ...
Mrs. Manifold
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Greg Robbins ...
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Gwilym Williams ...
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In 1890s London, Mrs. Manifold runs a boarding house for sailors on the waterfront. New hire John hears from a customer that her wine-guzzling husband, Ambrose, long ago disappeared and that some say she killed him. The old lady gets jumpy when a strange man reeking of wine signs the register "Ambrose Manifold." Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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27 August 1951 (USA)  »

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Decent...
10 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

"Lights Out" was one of the first television horror anthology shows. For the most part, the episodes I've seen have been highly uneven--some great but far too many below par. Fortunately, "Mrs. Manifold" is slightly better than average for the series...though it still is far from a must-see show.

It begins with a sailor (Leslie Nielsen) getting conked on the head and robbed. The folks working at a nearby inn come to his assistance and it turns out he's been unconscious for a long time--so long that me missed his ship. So, until he can book another passage, he works for the owner, Mrs. Manifold. However, the lady is odd and possesses an odd secret--a secret that has resulting in her having a strange hatred of wine. See the show to find out why as well as the supernatural aspect of the show.

Not great but watchable. So, if you want to see it, you can download this episode and quite a few more for free at archive.org. Another reason to watch it is at the 21 minute mark, J. Patrick O'Malley flips America the bird. It sure looked intentional but who knows!


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