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Lights Out for Day,
This review is from: Where Were You When Lights Went Out [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Doris Day's penultimate film somehow misses the charm and abundant humor of her memorable movie comedies. While Doris herself is delightful as always, the movie itself appears to have been quickly, cheaply and carelessly thrown together as though to fulfill a contract. This is too bad, because the premise of a bedroom farce about the New York blackout is a promising one.
A fine supporting cast of comic actors is wasted because of the severe miscasting of Doris' leading men. There seems to me no chemistry between Doris and ice-cold Patrick O'Neal, although she was personally fond of him and even chose him as a semi-regular on her TV show, where they warmed up for a little romance.
Casting Robert Morse opposite Doris must have seemed a coup after his great success in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, but they utterly do not belong together. Oddly, they do not appear together until well into the film and a sort of anti-charisma takes place. Doris was adept at every form of comedy but Morse was a sharp satirical actor (THE LOVED ONE) and, for the most part, their pairing simply doesn't work.
On the plus side, the movie's highlight is by far the uproarious slapstick scene when Doris herself is "lights out" and Morse trying to revive her before husband O'Neal comes home to get the "wrong" impression. The movie is worth seeing for that one unforgettable small classic of physical comedy.
And of course ardent admirers of Doris Day (like myself) won't want to miss the movie under any circumstances... especially if it ever comes out remastered on DVD.
Rating: 5/10 **˝ MEDIOCRE.