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The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Music  |  28 April 1945 (USA)
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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:
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Dolores Moran ...
Violinist / Fran Blackstone
Allyn Joslyn ...
Second Trumpeter / Osidro
Reginald Gardiner ...
Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter
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Radio Director / The Chief
John Alexander ...
First Trumpeter / Doremus
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Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
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Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
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Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)
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Lady Stover
Paul Harvey ...
Hotel Manager Thompson
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Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty
Truman Bradley ...
Radio Announcer
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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 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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Benny's from Heaven and the laughs are out of this world!!! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Music

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Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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Trivia

For the rest of his career Jack Benny used the failure of this movie as one of his best jokes. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Athanael: Hey... I'm getting wet!
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Connections

Referenced in Perfect Strangers: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1987) 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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a lesser-known film of the forties, but definitely worth your time
12 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Having just seen this film, I wondered why it's so unknown. I also wondered by why it was a flop at the box office. After all, much of the movie is brilliant: I love how Heaven is set up much like an office building, and all the times Athanael shows how unfamiliar he is with earthly customs (the scene in the restaurant is the best). There's a little romance, but not too much - it would get in the way of the jokes! This classic is definitely worth a watch.


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