6.8/10
1,048
35 user 20 critic

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

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 »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger
Primrose Path (1940)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young woman from a family of prostitutes falls in love with a hard-working man, but when he finds out the truth about her background, their romance becomes jeopardized.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young African-American in today's America. With his mother longing to find more to her life then parenting, Andrew ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza
Stars: Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams
Crime | Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anthony Dawson, Jean Kent
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn
Donald Cried (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

With sudden passing of his grandmother, Peter Latang returns to his hometown and encounters his long lost, childhood friend, Donald Treebeck. What begins as a simple favor, turns into a long day's journey into the past.

Director: Kris Avedisian
Stars: Jesse Wakeman, Kris Avedisian, William Billington
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sisters Kay and Barbara arrive in Miami from Texas looking for rich husbands.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings
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
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet
Women in Love (1969)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Perry interrupts his vacation plans when an ex-girlfriend, now newly married, asks him to help her with murder and bigamy charges.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, Donald Woods
Edit

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:
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

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:

View content advisory »
Edit

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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1949 Jack Benny reprised his role as Athanael on radio for The Ford Theater's reworked production of the story, which also featured Claude Rains, Bea Benaderet and Mel Blanc. The radio show's script formed the basis for the subsequent 1953 television adaptation, Omnibus: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1953). 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: Alright, but you're driving me right into the hot girdle business!
See more »


Soundtracks

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(prior to 1862) (uncredited)
Written by Wallis Willis
Swing version played when Athaneal sits in with the band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
My favorite Jack Benny film.
26 January 2000 | by leimeterSee all my reviews

A funny and friendly fantasy from the forties; it shows Jack Benny at his comedic best. The writing is witty and the supporting cast is wonderful. The scene which shows the cast dangling precariously, and hilariously, above Times Square is worth the price of a ticket.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed