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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 curfew blows at midnight but the laughs go on forever!!! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was initially refused a UK cinema certificate in February 1948 but was passed uncut 4 months later. 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:
  • Prefect of the Pleiades
  • Designer of Sunsets
  • Commissar of Constellations
  • Dept of Small Planet Management
  • Bureau of Cloud Maintenance
  • Inspector of Rainbows


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


Then the camera cuts back to the long shot. See more »

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 Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversary Special (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Dave Franklin and Cliff Friend
Played at the amusement park
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My favorite Jack Benny film.
26 January 2000 | by leimeterSee all my reviews

A funny and friendly fantasy from the forties; it shows Jack Benny at his comedic best. The writing is witty and the supporting cast is wonderful. The scene which shows the cast dangling precariously, and hilariously, above Times Square is worth the price of a ticket.


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