Doris Day's penultimate film in Holywood, Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)
"Doris Day's character in this film, Maggie Garrison, is an actress constantly being typecast as a virginal heroine (the title of her current Broadway show is The Constant Virgin), and was meant to be a parody of Day's own squeaky-clean screen image.
Doris Day wrote in her autobiography that this was one of the films she did not want to do but was forced into it because husband and manager Martin Melcher had power of attorney and signed her up without her knowledge. She called it 'an alleged comedy', of which she didn't remember very much because she was in severe pain, on medication, and spent all of her time off-camera in traction.
Although the New York City blackout occurred two and a half years before this movie was released, it was based on a play that opened in Paris, France, nine years before the blackout.
Morgan Freeman makes an uncredited appearance as a Grand Central Terminal commuter.
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.
Though the film ultimately devolves into a coy sex farce, the 'blackout sequence' charting the infamous 1965 New York City power failure is stupendously executed, encompassing the mass shutdown in nearly every aspect of city life, from the tallest elevators to the deepest subways.
Doris Day wrote that this was one of her least favorite films, also citing The Ballad of Josie (1967), Caprice (1967), and Do Not Disturb (1965) - all films, to which her husband, Martin Melcher, signed her, without her consent."