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
Allyn Joslyn ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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For the rest of his career Jack Benny used the failure of this movie as one of his best jokes. 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?
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Athanael: I must tell St. Vitus about this.
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A Comedy Classic
3 August 2002 | by (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If you have to watch one Jack Benny movie, this one would probably be the one to watch. As other reviewers have noted, this movie bombed at the box office after its release and Benny joked about this fact often in his monologues. Even though it was poorly received at the time it came out, its stands up better now. Its best when watched not just as a comedy but as a parable that has timeless themes, that are not just relevant to the 1940's.

Good versus evil, greed versus generosity, heaven versus life on earth. The "fish out of water" sequences where Jack Benny, as an angel, struggles to adjust to the realities of life on earth, are also very funny and timeless. All that and Jack Benny's warm and funny screen presence make this an appealing picture.

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