The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Dolores Moran ...
Violinist / Fran Blackstone
Second Trumpeter / Osidro
Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter
Radio Director / The Chief
John Alexander ...
First Trumpeter / Doremus
Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)
Lady Stover
Paul Harvey ...
Hotel Manager Thompson
Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty
Truman Bradley ...
Radio Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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28 April 1945 (USA)  »

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Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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


When Athanael arrives at the Hotel Universal, he asks the clerk whether the clock is showing the right time. Despite his worries about the clock's accuracy, he finally says that he'll take the clerk's word that the clock says 7:15. In fact, the clock says 11:15. See more »


Athanael: What are they supposed to be doing?
Maitre d': I wouldn't know, sir; they call it dancing.
Athanael: I must tell St. Vitus about this.
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Referenced in Perfect Strangers: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1987) See more »


The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Played in scene in which characters are dangling from the ceiling
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An underrated comedy classic
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This film was an ongoing joke with Jack Benny as at the time of its release it took a flop at the box office. However, time has treated this comedy/fantasy well and if you give it a try you will find a truly original comic masterpiece. Here is a film with many 1990's themes...angels, the end of the world, great visual effects, sex, and slapstick comedy. Maybe it was a little ahead of its time. Great performances from Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, and Guy Kibbee as well as a memorable "Looney Tune" style score from the great Franz Waxman. Give this zany 1945 film a chance as you will be surprised how wild they could get back then and how funny and strange an "old" film can be.

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