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 ...
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When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.
Pennsylvania, 1859. Railroad tycoon Brennan (Alan Hale) is muscling in on oil-drilling farmers, led by Peter Cortland (Randolph Scott). Cortland must try to save their oil business, while also saving his marriage to Sally (Irene Dunne).
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
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Adapted as a one-hour radio play for "The Ford Theater". See more »
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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Come close to me please Athanael, come closer to me.
If I got any closer, I'd be standing behind you. Now let me go!
Look at me darling. Can't you see what my eyes are saying?
Yes, and you oughta watch your language!
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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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