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Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
is a 1968 American comedy film with Doris Day, directed by Hy Averback. Although it is set in New York City
New York City
during the infamous Northeast Blackout of 1965, in which 25 million people scattered throughout seven states lost electricity for several hours, the screenplay by Everett Freeman and Karl Tunberg is based on the earlier 1956 French play Monsieur Masure by Claude Magnier.[2] This was the penultimate film of Doris Day's long career, being released two months before her final screen appearance in 1968's With Six You Get Eggroll.

Contents

1 Synopsis 2 Production notes 3 Principal cast 4 Critical reception

4.1 Positive 4.2 Negative

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Synopsis[edit] November 9, 1965: Margaret Garrison (Doris Day) is a stage actress who has spent her career starring in virginal roles, although she would relish the opportunity to play someone less savory, such as an Italian prostitute, at least once before she retires. When a blackout shutters her current Broadway play for the night, she returns home unexpectedly and discovers her architect husband Peter (Patrick O'Neal) being overly attentive to attractive reporter Roberta Lane (Lola Albright). Infuriated, she heads to the couple's weekend house in Connecticut
Connecticut
and takes a concoction to fall asleep. When corporate embezzler Waldo Zane (Robert Morse), fleeing New York with an attache case full of money, develops car trouble near Margaret's weekend house, he lets himself in and unwittingly takes some of the elixir himself, falling into a deep sleep beside her. Peter shows up, sees the two together and assumes his wife has been unfaithful. Despite their claims of innocence and ignorance, Peter believes neither of them and heads back to Manhattan. Margaret's agent Ladislaus Walichek (Terry-Thomas), anxious because she has announced her plan to retire, keeps her husband's jealousy burning in the hope their marriage will crumble and she'll be forced to continue working to support herself. Margaret and Peter eventually reconcile, but new questions about what really happened when the lights went out arise when she gives birth exactly nine months after that fateful night. Production notes[edit] The film's title tune was written by Dave Grusin
Dave Grusin
and Kelly Gordon and sung by The Lettermen. George W. Davis and Urie McCleary were the film's art directors, and costumes were designed by Glenn Connelly. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
is seen briefly as a Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
commuter but does not receive on-screen credit. The film was the fourteenth starring Doris Day
Doris Day
to premiere at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. The MGM
MGM
release earned $7,988,000 at the box office in the US,[1] making it the 16th highest-grossing film of 1968. Principal cast[edit]

Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas
and Doris Day

Doris Day
Doris Day
as Margaret Garrison Patrick O'Neal as Peter Garrison Robert Morse
Robert Morse
as Waldo Zane Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas
as Ladislaus Walichek Lola Albright
Lola Albright
as Roberta Lane Steve Allen
Steve Allen
as Radio Announcer Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Tru-Blue Lou Ben Blue
Ben Blue
as Man with a Razor Pat Paulsen
Pat Paulsen
as Conductor Dale Malone as Otis J. Hendershot, Jr. Robert Emhardt as Otis J. Hendershot, Sr. Harry Hickox as Detective Captain Parley Baer
Parley Baer
as Dr. Dudley Caldwell Randy Whipple as Marvin Reinholtz Earl Wilson as Himself Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
as Grand Central Commuter (uncredited)

Critical reception[edit] Positive[edit] In her review in The New York Times, Renata Adler wrote, "a good part of the movie permits Miss Day to play an actress something like herself, and this might be fresh and almost poignant."[3] Time Out New York
Time Out New York
calls it "a sprightly comedy" and adds, "the performances are superb (Morse, O'Neal and Albright, especially), and Averback's comic timing is spot on."[4] Negative[edit] Variety described it as "an okay Doris Day
Doris Day
comedy, well cast with Robert Morse
Robert Morse
and Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas
. . . Averback's comedy direction lifts things a bit out of a well-plowed rut, making for an amusing, while never hilarious, film."[5] Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
of the Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
stated, "Here is another movie about how Doris Day
Doris Day
preserves her virtue. Frankly, I have lost interest in Doris Day's virtue. Doris Day
Doris Day
without doubt has the most threatened virtue in history. Compared to her, Helen of Troy was a registered nurse. Oh, I'll confess there was once a time when I was concerned. Once there was a time when I was downright worried about Doris Day's virtue. Not long ago, Rock Hudson and Rod Taylor and Richard Harris were all hot on the trail of Doris Day's virtue. But their efforts came to naught, and Doris Day's virtue, as they say, emerged intact. [...] it is supposed to be very funny that Doris Day got into this embarrassing but really innocent situation by accident -- see? I don't find it funny at all. By this time it's taking on the elements of tragedy. If I were Doris Day, and I had accidentally gotten in an embarrassing situation with Rock Hudson and Rod Taylor and Richard Harris and Robert Morse
Robert Morse
and everyone else in the phone book in 27 straight movies, and my virtue were still intact, frankly I'd start to worry."[6] TV Guide
TV Guide
describes it as "a trifle that starts out funny enough but sinks into predictability, made somewhat better by the adroit acting that triumphs over the lackluster script."[7] See also[edit]

1960s portal

List of American films of 1968

References[edit]

^ a b "Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved March 4, 2012.  ^ Where Were You When the Lights Went Out at Turner Classic Movies ^ New York Times review ^ Time Out New York
Time Out New York
review ^ Variety review ^ Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
review ^ TV Guide
TV Guide
review

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