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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.

Director:

Hy Averback

Writers:

Everett Freeman (screenplay), Karl Tunberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The story of 8 million New Yorkers who were lost in the dark... until they found each other. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wo warst Du als das Licht ausging See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,988,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There appears to be a rights issue tied up with the issuing of this film. While it was a television staple for many years and was released on videocassette several decades ago, it has not been televised or released in digital format since that time. As of 2018, the film has been out of circulation for nearly 25 years. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?
Words by Kelly Gordon
Music by Dave Grusin
Performed by The Lettermen
[Title song played over the opening titles and credits, with a reprise played over the end credits]
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Pants down farce
7 April 2016 | by dsewizzrd-1See all my reviews

Doris Day and Patrick O'Neal are husband and wife in this permissive comedy based on a stage play with Terry-Thomas as a stinker, playing a Hungarian but apparently with received pronunciation.

A young man is passed over for promotion by the bosses stupid son so he hatches a plan to steal the companies dividends. When there is a black out in New York, he has difficulty escaping and ends up sleeping with Doris Day.

Its a jolly and pretty well made film and I'm don't really understand all the negative comments. Perhaps because it's a foreign script, or because it's not dripping in gee-schucks All-American schmaltz like the other Doris Day films ?

Product placements - Kodak, The New York Times and Pan- Am. The Kaiser Group (Checker) provided the vehicles, an S series Valiant breaking down.


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