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

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


Hy Averback


Everett Freeman (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Margaret Garrison
Robert Morse ... Waldo Zane
Terry-Thomas ... Ladislaus Walichek
Patrick O'Neal ... Peter Garrison
Lola Albright ... Roberta Lane
Steve Allen ... Morgan Klein
Jim Backus ... Tru-Blue Lou
Ben Blue ... Man with a Razor
Pat Paulsen ... Conductor
Dale Malone Dale Malone ... Otis J. Hendershot, Jr.
Robert Emhardt ... Otis J. Hendershot, Sr.
Harry Hickox ... Detective Captain Percy Watson
Parley Baer ... Dr. Dudley Caldwell
Randy Whipple Randy Whipple ... Marvin Reinholtz
Earl Wilson ... Earl Wilson


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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At exactly 5:27 P.M. New York went out like a light. This is the story of what happened in the dark. Only the names have been changed to protect the people who didn't get home to sleep. See more »




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Did You Know?


Along with Remains to Be Seen (1953), Flame and the Flesh (1954) and The Subterraneans (1960), this is one of very few films from the mid-century MGM library that appears to be lost, outside of privately circulated, poorly reproduced bootleg copies. See more »


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


Ladislaus Walichek: If I could only break up that revolting marriage. Oh, how I hate men!
Dr. Dudley Caldwell: I thought you hated women?
Ladislaus Walichek: Oh, men too.
Ladislaus Walichek: [thinking about what he just said] Doctor, does hate for both sexes make me... bisexual?
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Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »


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Sung by the people at the railway station
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Well hello Peter.... so your here
8 May 2001 | by edluvsdaySee all my reviews

The story of this movie seems to be a set up for Doris Day's last film ( she actually had one after it ). Doris plays Margaret Garrison a stage actress who constantly gets type cast as a virgin ( hmmmm any similarity to what happened to Doris in real life??). While giving an interview for playboy magazine Margaret spills the beans that she would like to have a baby.... Well her hubby does something naughty and Doris goes running for the home in the country. Doris Day's performance is engaging.. especially when she is medicated !! Although Doris was forced into this movie by her manager husband ( her husband had lost all of her money in bad investments ) it is a delightful 60's film. So set a Sunday afternoon aside and hope that the lights wont go out when you put in the video!!

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