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Lights Out

All Episodes 1946 - 1972

  • Ended
  • NBC
  • 1949-06-30T23:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 3 days, 8 hours, 30 mins
  • United States
  • Horror, Mystery
Lights Out was originally a radio broadcast. The tolling of the bell in the background, and the announcer saying "It - is - Later - Than - You - Think" in time with the bell, acted as the introduction to Lights Out. The program was first heard on New Year's Day, 1934, on WENR (Chicago). The original writer was Wyllis Cooper, but Arch Oboler is probably better known as a writer / director / actor involved with the series. It was later brought to T.V. Four episodes were broadcast on WNBT-TV in New York during 1946 before going network in 1949-1952. There was also a revival special, January 15th, 1972 called "The Widows Weep" which was a 60 minute feature, in color.

161 episodes

2x01 EDNA WARREN

  • Season Premiere

    1949-07-19T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

2x02 PROMISE

  • 1949-07-26T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

2x04 CRATER

  • 1949-08-09T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

3x01 IDES OF APRIL

  • Season Premiere

    1950-08-28T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

3x07 JUST WHAT HAPPENED

  • 1950-10-09T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A man stands trial for murdering another man by throwing him out a window.

3x10 THE MARTIAN EYES

  • 1950-10-30T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

An odd professor claims he can spot Martians, who masquerade as humans, using a pair of infrared glasses he wears. Only then can you see the third eyeball in the middle of their forehead. He relates his wild theory to a photographer sitting by him in a bar--and the man believes him. While playing around with infrared film, the photographer says he's snapped a shot of a man with three eyes. The two team up to convince authorities of their find.

3x15 BEWARE THIS WOMAN

  • 1950-12-04T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A woman experiencing poltergeist activity in her home secures the services of a reluctant, non-believer in the supernatural, scientist to resolve her problem.

3x18 JASPER

  • 1950-12-25T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Songwriter Charlie has suffered with writer's block" since he and his wife moved to the country. Betty wants them to sell the house to pay the bills, but Charlie doesn't want to part with the family estate. His late ancestor, Jasper, isn't thrilled with the idea either.

3x22 FOR RELEASE TODAY

  • 1951-01-22T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Maggie, the press agent for actor Henry Crawford, is horrified by his lifeless performances during dress rehearsals for his new play. She comments that he seems dead, to which his wife, Elaine, declares that he is. A year earlier, Elaine's ex-fiancé Balsamo had cursed Henry when he stole her away, promising Henry that he'd be through in one year. In desperation, Maggie goes to confront Balsamo and discovers his black magic efforts to kill Henry on opening night

3x25 CURTAIN CALL

  • 1951-02-12T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Off-his-rocker Kruger, a famous actor coming out of retirement for a new play with his daughter (Randel), suddenly is tormented by the ghost of his late, thought-to-be-a-suicide wife. His daughter is a triumph in her first big stage role, but ... can Kruger take the adulation she receives ...??

3x26 STRANGE LEGACY

  • 1951-02-19T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

After suffering a concussion in a car accident on the Oregon coast, Stephen Elliott is carried to the home of an old man and his beautiful daughter-in-law to recover. The young woman tells Stephen that her husband, a World War II pilot, had died the year before and left an uncompleted musical composition, a model airplane and a piece of sculpture, as well as a strange will. Years later, Stephen has become famous as a sculptor and he meets two other men who had survived serious crashes near the same lighthouse, recovered in Allison's home and gone on to remarkable

3x32 THE MAD DULLAGHAN

  • 1951-04-02T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A man finds his missing fiancé in a mental hospital. She believes she's possessed a Dullaghan, a spirit of Irish folklore that jumped to her from her late father when she kissed him farewell at his funeral. The finance investigates and learns that her parent had been a famous ventriloquist and his dummy was named Mr. Dullagham.

3x35 THE FONCECILLE CURSE

  • 1951-04-23T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The heir of the old aristocratic Fonceville family takes his bride to the ancestral castle, where a hereditary madness takes over his dreams, one that tries to induce the murder of his new wife.

3x36 GREY REMINDER

  • 1951-04-30T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Charlotte is distressed by the letters addressed tor her new husband that mysteriously appear at their door. Kenneth refuses to discuss their contents, but they clearly disturb him. Fearing he's seeing another woman, Charlotte demands to know who's writing them. She's shocked to find they're from his domineering first wife who seems intent on controlling him even in death.

3x37 The Lost Will of Dr. Rant

  • 1951-05-07T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

A dear old woman is supposed to inherit the fortune of her uncle, Dr. John Rant, as soon as she finds his will. He tells her only that it's in a book and that she probably won't recognize it when she sees it. This cryptic clue results in the inheritance going to another relative, and the late Dr. Rant is not happy about this.

3x38 DEAD MAN'S COAT

  • 1951-05-14T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

By opening the grave of a recently deceased man and putting on his coat, a person will supposedly be granted invisibility. A bitter man with scores to settle decides to put the superstition to the test. He forces his reluctant butler to join him in his scheme of grave-robbing and murder.

3x39 CAT'S CRADLE

  • 1951-05-21T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Former hometown football star George Logan pays an unexpected late night visit on Phyllis and Bob at their country home. Down on his luck, he's obsessed with having never fit in, and holds a grudge against the world. His one talent is weaving a string into a cat's cradle and, he claims, using it to cast spells and murder people who get in his way. A skeptical Bob call it nonsense so an irate George is determined to prove him wrong.

3x40 THE PATTERN

  • 1951-05-28T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Al March is tortured by his failure to have stopped the bombing of an Army barracks in 1945 Germany. Awaiting surgery, he tells his sister that the two men and a woman he killed the night before were the same ones who had planted the explosives. Even though they had died in the blast, they had been chasing him for the past six years because he lived and they didn't.

3x44 THE PASSAGE BEYOND

  • 1951-06-25T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

The ghost of Lady Anne continues to walk down the stairs, knife in hand, and into the secret passage where she murdered her domineering husband. She vividly demonstrates her disapproval of Rodney's attempt to conduct an affair with a visiting friend of his wife.

3x45 THE ADAM BEGOT

  • 1951-07-02T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

The car carrying cultured Geoffrey, brutish Claude and eligible Kay swerves off a cliff and into a mysterious valley. Surprised by the weird vegetation and climate, they come to believe they've traveled back in time 50,000 years. An encounter with an unfriendly caveman results in all three being held captive in the wild man's cave.

3x46 THE MEDDLERS

  • 1951-07-09T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Cecil Crofton shows up at the backwoods, hillbilly shack of Purdy with a wild proposition on how the two can split a million dollars. Crofton as figured out that a ton gold that once belonged to the Confederacy is buried locally, in the cellar of a house that had burned down and was rebuilt. Purdy figures rightly that it's the old Larro place, but the abandoned house is cursed by the ghosts of Larro ancestors from the Civil War.

3x47 THE DEVIL IN GLENCAIRN

  • 1951-07-16T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Steenie, the best piper in all of Scotland, is about to be evicted if he doesn't pay his owed rent. After selling his pipes to raise the money, a mysterious stranger appears, ready with a deal: it involves Steenie's money, bagpipes--and his immortal soul.

3x50 THE FACELESS MAN

  • 1951-08-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Francis Carvel visits a plastic surgeon to erase a lifetime of ugliness from his face. Now handsome, he returns to the French inn where, a year earlier, an lovely woman had spurned his affection. Complicating Carvel's plans is a new traveling companion, a disfigured man in bandages who knows everything about him.

3x51 THE MAN WITH THE WATCH

  • 1951-08-13T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

A New York City detective is investigating the disappearance of over 200 people. Before vanishing into thin air, each person has reported a dream involving a fat man with a bizarre watch who convinces them to join him on his planet of Aleria.

4x01 MRS. MANIFOLD

  • Season Premiere

    1951-08-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

In 1890s London, Mrs. Manifold runs a boarding house for sailors on the waterfront. New hire John hears from a customer that her wine-guzzling husband, Ambrose, long ago disappeared and that some say she killed him. The old lady gets jumpy when a strange man reeking of wine signs the register "Ambrose Manifold."

4x06 Will-O-the-wisp

  • 1951-10-01T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Mr. Corbeau wants to turn pristine Beware Island into a gambling destination. His plans for building a connecting bridge to the natural paradise are continually delayed; his engineers all fall from the island's cliffs, led there by by a spirit, the Will-O'-The-Wisp. His greedy daughter, Marina, tries to manipulate her ex-fiancé into designing the bridge. Their visit there also proves fatal.

4x07 DARK IMAGE

  • 1951-10-08T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

On their honeymoon, a new husband brings his bride to the ranch he grew up on. The wife is soon traumatized by the antique bedroom mirror once owned by the husband's deceased former love. The dead girlfriend appears in the reflection, wanting to trade places with the newly-married woman.

4x08 I SPY

  • 1951-10-15T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A survey taker makes a startling discovery when she visits the home of two very paranoid, eccentric, elderly collectors of odds and ends.

4x09 THE DEAL

  • 1951-10-22T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A man makes a deal with a mysterious businessman in order to get rid of his high spending wife.

4x10 THE VEIL

  • 1951-10-29T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Ambitious defense attorney David Stevenson has high political aspirations and believes his romance with a nobody like Sylvia Willis will only hold him back. Calling in a favor from a murderer he once saved from conviction, he has his bride-to-be shot. Sylvia, however, is not so easily silenced. She demands justice and forces the great attorney to defend himself before a jury of the dead.

4x15 THE SILENT SUPPER

  • 1951-12-03T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Dede attends the silent supper, a ritual the single Bayou women conduct to foresee their future husbands. Old voodoo woman Miss Watkins had told Dede that she'd meet her husband at the supper that night. Miss Watkins has the misfortune of meeting up with troublemaker Jean Duval, who stabs her and steals her silver. Then, uninvited, he crashes the silent supper.

4x16 THE ANGRY BIRDS

  • 1951-12-10T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Bird lover Waldo Bryan leaves behind his big city art career to live in the country. His wife, Adele, has turned hateful, angry that he made her give up the city life. To get even, she lets Waldo's beloved parakeet out of it's cage to be killed by her cat. The birds outside seem to know of Adele's evil deed and turn on her, turning her into the caged one.

4x17 PERCHANCE TO DREAM

  • 1951-12-17T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jeff Morgan reads a story in a pulp fiction magazine exactly like one he'd written and filed away years earlier. His meeting with the author, Frank Joyce, is eerie; he already knows everything about the man without having met him before. Convinced Frank is his doppelganger, Jeff panics when he dreams Frank steps onto an elevator that malfunctions and plunges fifteen stories. Frank just scoffs at his frantic warning.

4x29 THE UPSTAIRS FLOOR

  • 1952-03-10T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A husband rents the same upstairs apartment where he and his late wife once lived. Despite his claims of being married, the elderly landlady feels that something is not quite right. After weeks, she's yet to meet the woman. In fact, she's never heard so much as a sound coming from upstairs floor.

4x31 ANOTHER COUNTRY

  • 1952-03-24T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A mysterious stranger enters a home uninvited, drawn from the street by the haunting music of Beethoven's "Geister (Ghost) Trio" that three musicians are performing. The pianist is immediately smitten with the woman of obvious wealth and status, soon proposing they marry. She says it is impossible, as the man would be forced to choose between her or his music.

4x32 THE PIT

  • 1952-04-07T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

4x35 FOR RENT

  • 1952-04-28T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

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