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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
Guy Kibbee ...
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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John Alvin ...
Angel (scenes deleted)
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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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Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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Trivia

The sequence toward the end, where the cast is at the side of the building and Benny battles the Paradise Coffee moving ad, was scored by Warmers composer Carl W. Stalling, using his trademark violin string up-slide twang sound and his paraphrasing of the work of Raymond Scott. Stalling was used to give the scene a Warner Brothers cartoon feel. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Dave Franklin and Cliff Friend
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Enjoyable lightweight fantasy
4 January 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See 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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