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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:
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
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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Release Date:

28 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several references erroneously credit John Garfield with a cameo appearance as a flutist in the heavenly orchestra sequence. The flutist in question bears a minor resemblance to Garfield, but is not he. 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: Alright, but you're driving me right into the hot girdle business!
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References Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) See more »


The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Gaston Lyle
Played in scene in which characters are dangling from the ceiling
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a lesser-known film of the forties, but definitely worth your time
12 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Having just seen this film, I wondered why it's so unknown. I also wondered by why it was a flop at the box office. After all, much of the movie is brilliant: I love how Heaven is set up much like an office building, and all the times Athanael shows how unfamiliar he is with earthly customs (the scene in the restaurant is the best). There's a little romance, but not too much - it would get in the way of the jokes! This classic is definitely worth a watch.

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