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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Athanael
... Elizabeth
... 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
... Radio Announcer
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... Angel (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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Benny's from Heaven and the laughs are out of this world!!! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Music

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28 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Engel mit der Trompete  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On the May 15, 1974 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Robert Blake said it was an unhappy set due to Jack Benny being at odds with Warner Brothers Studio not accommodating his request for a different leading lady than Alexis Smith. He also said that Jack Benny accidentally sneezed on him. 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

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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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Jack's Life Story (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Blow, Gabriel, Blow
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played at the end
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My favorite Jack Benny film.
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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.


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