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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 »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Sam Hellman (screen play), James V. Kern (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Athanael
Alexis Smith ... Elizabeth
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
Margaret Dumont ... Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
Robert Blake ... Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)
Ethel Griffies ... Lady Stover
Paul Harvey ... Hotel Manager Thompson
Mike Mazurki ... Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty
Truman Bradley ... Radio Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sailor Vincent ... Clerk (scenes deleted)
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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>

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Taglines:

The curfew blows at midnight but the laughs go on forever!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Music

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Blake stated in an interview that Jack Benny was not happy with Alexis Smith as his leading lady and had lobbied Warner Brothers for a different actress. Whether or not this was partially based on the difference in their ages is unclear. Although in Heaven they were undoubtedly Platonic lovers, in 1945 Jack Benny was 51, Alexis Smith 24. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: The Jam Session Show (1954) See more »

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The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Dave Franklin and Cliff Friend
Played at the amusement park
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Almost Apocalypse
9 February 2001 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Athaniel is an angel sent down to Earth to play the first four notes of the death march at midnight ( or something similar ) which will start the destruction of the world. He doesn't play the notes because he is saving a girl from committing suicide. However the head angel gives him one more chance, but the next day he loses his horn, is abducted by gangsters in the pay of two fallen angels, and has to recover his horn from a bunch of schoolboys. Decent comedy, which Jack Benny really made fun of throughout the rest of his radio and throughout his TV show. Its really just stays as a screwball comedy, which I don't think the cast and script were well suited for. Notice Margaret Dumont as the soprano in the film. Rating 7 out of 10.


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