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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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Comedy | Fantasy | Music

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Also Known As:

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Trivia

In 1949 Jack Benny reprised his role as Athanael on radio for The Ford Theater's reworked production of the story, which also featured Claude Rains, Bea Benaderet and Mel Blanc. The radio show's script formed the basis for the subsequent 1953 television adaptation, Omnibus: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1953). 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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Athaneal the Trumpeter
(1945) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Waxman
Played at the beginning
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An underrated comedy classic
21 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

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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