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The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

 -  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
Franklin Pangborn ...
Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
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Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
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Junior Pulplinsky (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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Adapted as a one-hour radio play for "The Ford Theater". See more »

Quotes

Athanael: Hey... I'm getting wet!
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Cafe Foxtrot
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Music by Sonny Burke
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The perfect comedy! See why it was called "Hollywood's Golden Age" ...
14 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... and see how Hollywood somehow lost the knack to do this sort of screen chemistry, a pity.

But here it is, the picture that Jack Benny loved to joke about; yet it's really a terrific comedy, a rollicking "laff-riot" as the marquees used to shout out in front of the great movie palaces.

There's no wasted film here; the gags just keep on coming, and they roll along so quickly that you'll scarcely have time to ponder the subtleties. See it, and see it again to catch those missed subtleties, and a chance to wallow in its great 1940s art deco sets, swing music and costuming.

Don't miss the original "Heavenly Symphony" by the Great Orchestra And Choir In The Sky, and a quick gag cameo by flute-player John Garfield.

Mine is one of the many "10" votes on the IMDb ratings list, reinforced by my seeing "Horn" again yesterday and remembering (though I never forgot) just how great a film comedy it is, and how Hollywood used to know how to make us laugh.




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