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The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Music | 28 April 1945 (USA)
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:
Violinist / Fran Blackstone
Second Trumpeter / Osidro
Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter
Radio Director / The Chief
First Trumpeter / Doremus
Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)
Lady Stover
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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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28 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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Adapted as a one-hour radio play for "The Ford Theater". 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 »


Violinist: Come close to me please Athanael, come closer to me.
Athanael: If I got any closer, I'd be standing behind you. Now let me go!
Violinist: Look at me darling. Can't you see what my eyes are saying?
Athanael: Yes, and you oughta watch your language!
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The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
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Not as bad as trumpeted...
28 October 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

How can any comedy with Jack Benny and a supporting cast that includes Margaret Dumont, Reginald Gardiner, John Alexander, Allyn Joslyn, Ethel Griffies, Mike Mazurki, Franklin Pangborn and Guy Kibbe be that bad???

Well, it's easy to see why this one just fell short of the mark. The script is a hodgepodge about a trumpeter who must redeem himself by returning to earth on a special mission. His girlfriend is played by the lovely Alexis Smith who shows a flair for light comedy in this caper.

Relying on a succession of sight gags to keep things moving, it's all done in brisk screwball/fantasy style under Raoul Walsh's direction. You can spot the youthful Bobby Blake in the park sequence as the boy who won't give up Benny's trumpet.

The heavenly sequences are done with a certain style that is missing in the earthbound adventures--but the uneven film is not nearly as bad as Benny claimed it to be.

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