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Directed By
Hy Averback

Doris Day, Patrick O'Neal, Robert Morse, Terry-Thomas, Lola Albright, Steve Allen, Jim Backus, Ben Blue, Pat Paulsen

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out (1968)
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Movie Review by Barbie Q
February 14th, 2010

Is "It" Better With The Lights Out?

This dizzy "Doris Day" comedy-flick from 1968 is a mighty sorry attempt at farce and sexual mix-ups and misunderstandings. Trust me, you wouldn't believe how ultimately stupid and naive this movie's story is.

Set in New York City - This film's story centers around the actual night (November 9, 1965) when 7 North-Eastern States, plus Ontario, Canada, actually lost electrical power for several hours.

In my opinion, what happens in this unbelievably ridiculous movie is just way too dumb to even bother writing about.

The only thing that I think worth mentioning here is that this actual power outage did, indeed, cause a population explosion of sorts. In 1971 in the areas of the States and Canada mentioned above, the number of children starting school on that particular year had literally doubled.

And so - Where were you when the lights went out? Well, depending upon your age, you might have been just a twinkling in your father's eye. (Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink.)

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Mike Thomas
Feb 16, 2010 7:05 PM
Though I've never seen this particular movie, the "action around a historical event" is a recurring theme in movies, whereas the actual event is just a backdrop to the real story of the movie. "Titanic," "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," "The Hindenburg," "Gangs of New York," . They all have one thing in common - the historical event just happened to be going on as a passive catalyst to the storyline.

Dumb or not, it's a vehicle that works for Doris Day as well as Leonardo DiCaprio.

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