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The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Music | 28 April 1945 (USA)
Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Sam Hellman (screen play), James V. Kern (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Athanael
Alexis Smith ... Elizabeth
Dolores Moran ... Violinist / Fran Blackstone
Allyn Joslyn ... Second Trumpeter / Osidro
Reginald Gardiner ... Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter
Guy Kibbee ... Radio Director / The Chief
John Alexander ... First Trumpeter / Doremus
Franklin Pangborn ... Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
Margaret Dumont ... Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
Robert Blake ... Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)
Ethel Griffies ... Lady Stover
Paul Harvey ... Hotel Manager Thompson
Mike Mazurki ... Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty
Truman Bradley ... Radio Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sailor Vincent ... Clerk (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at exactly midnight on Earth. But Osidro and Doremus, two fallen angels enjoying the physical pleasures of an earthly existence, try to steal Athanael's trumpet, enlisting the aid of suave jewel thief Archie Dexter. Athanael fumbles his first try when he saves Archie's accomplice, Fran, from suicide. His second chance seems doomed when he's forced to leave his trumpet as security for a meal he can't pay for. But he gets it back just in time for a final confrontation with his desperate adversaries, dangling with them from the roof, only seconds from Midnight. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Taglines:

The Horn Blows at Midnight (...and the laughs last all day!) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Adapted as a one-hour radio play for "The Ford Theater". See more »

Goofs

When Athanael (Jack Benny) is summoned from the Heavenly Orchestra to The Chief's office (Guy Kibbee), he pauses at a large directory along the way to find the "Dept of Small Planet Management". As he approaches the directory, the camera shows the bottom 10 rows. It then cuts to a close up shot of only 6 rows as Athanael points out his destination.

The departments listed on the close up do not match those of the long shot.

Bottom 6 rows in long shot: 1 Prefect of Pleiades 2 Designer of Sunsets 3 Commissar of Constellations 4 Dept. of Small Planet Management 5 Bureau of Cloud Maintenance 6 Inspector of Rainbows

Six rows in close up: 1 Dept. of Comets, Meteors and Falling Stars 2 Inspector of Rainbows 3 Designer of Sunsets 4 Vice-President in Charge of Tomorrow 5 Dept. of Small Planet Management 6 Bureau of Cloud Maintenance

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Quotes

Violinist: Come close to me please Athanael, come closer to me.
Athanael: If I got any closer, I'd be standing behind you. Now let me go!
Violinist: Look at me darling. Can't you see what my eyes are saying?
Athanael: Yes, and you oughta watch your language!
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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Jack's Life Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Ice Cold Katy
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
First tune played at Shadowland
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Enjoyable lightweight fantasy
4 January 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

Jack Benny and a magnificent supporting cast help keep your interest in this lightweight, yet highly imaginative, fanciful comedy about an angel in charge of destroying the Earth. Lots of great sight gags and double entendres keep things going. Additionally, the script if rife with sadistic ironies reminiscent of O'Henry and Mark Twain. If you've never seen it, pull up the ottoman and enjoy.


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