MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,981 this week

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Music  -  28 April 1945 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 861 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 19 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 31 titles
created 13 Mar 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 20 Apr 2012
 
a list of 1531 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 5639 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Horn Blows at Midnight.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Bette Davis, John Garfield, The Andrews Sisters
The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two producers are putting together a wartime charity show with an all-star cast but the egotism of radio personality Eddie Cantor disrupts their plans.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Dennis Morgan, Humphrey Bogart
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The ringmaster of a flea circus inherits a fortune...if he can find which chair it's hidden in.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Don Ameche
San Antonio (1945)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Tough dance hall girl working for the local villain falls for a cowboy trying to clean up the town.

Directors: David Butler, Robert Florey, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, S.Z. Sakall
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1890, two students at Oxford force their rascally friend and fellow student to pose as an aunt from Brazil--where the nuts come from.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Jack Benny, Kay Francis, James Ellison
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Coleman
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Struggling artist Geoffrey Carroll meets Sally whilst on holiday in the country. A romance develops but he doesn't tell her he's already married. Suffering from mental illness, Geoffreyy ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Compassionate small-town lawyer Richard Clarke moves to New York City to seek his fortune, but is unsuccessful until he takes a friend's advice and tries to convince the world he's a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Jack Benny, Priscilla Lane, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jack Benny (as himself) tries to make good his fictitious boasts about roughing it in Nevada, in a spoof of Western cliches.

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jack Benny is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast but takes time out to take his valet Rochester to meet his girlfriend Josephine arriving on a steamer. Fred Allen and his sister ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich
Stars: Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Mary Martin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
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
...
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:
John Alvin ...
Angel (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

trumpet | angel | midnight | coffee | band | See All (154) »

Taglines:

The Horn Blows at Midnight (...and the laughs last all day!) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Emma Dunn is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Mrs. Smith" in this movie, but she did not appear or was not identifiable. 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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Heaven (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Cafe Foxtrot
(uncredited)
Music by Sonny Burke
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


22 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
It really is kind of bad. newtype_1
Where's the DVD? loopydloop
Box Office? junk-307
Who was that actor? poncho765
Alexis Smith as Angel jdstewart
What about that Giant Coffee Ad! phil_451
Discuss The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?