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

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?1968

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





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Though this romantic comedy came out a couple years after the infamous New York City-wide blackout of 1965, this drama is based on French playwright Claude Magnier's production Monsieur Masure, which was written in the '50s. The trouble begins on the day of the New York power failure and centers on the misunderstandings between a jealous husband and his actress wife that begin when she finds him in bed with a pretty reporter. Enraged, the actress (Doris Day), heads for their Connecticut home where she downs a sleeping potion and falls deeply asleep. Later an embezzling business executive's car breaks down while fleeing his company. The actress's house is nearby, so he sneaks in, and after taking a drink of her elixir, he falls asleep beside her. The next day, the husband shows up and sees his wife sleeping next to a stranger. He assumes the worst, and the marital fireworks really explode.


Robert Morse
as Waldo Zirrer
as Ladislaus Walichek
Patrick O'Neal
as Peter Garrison
Lola Albright
as Roberta Lane
Steve Allen
as Radio Announcer
Jim Backus
as Tru-Blue Lou
Dale Malone
as Otis J. Hendershot
Robert Emhardt
as Otis J. Hendershot
Pat Paulsen
as Subway Conductor
Harry Hickox
as Detective Capt. Percy Watson
Parley Baer
as Dr. Dudley Caldwell
Ben Blue
as Man with a razor
Randy Whipple
as Marvin Reinholtz
Earl Wilson
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

But a good part of the movie permits Miss Day to play an actress something like herself, and this might be fresh and almost poignant.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

More a historic reference than a sustained comedy, but it does have Doris Day and great cast.

February 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

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