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The Horn Blows at Midnight ()


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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... See more »

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Athanael
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Elizabeth
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Violinist / Fran Blackstone
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Second Trumpeter / Osidro
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Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter
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Radio Director / The Chief
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First Trumpeter / Doremus
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Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
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Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
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Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)
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Lady Stover
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Hotel Manager Thompson
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Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty
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Radio Announcer
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Angel (scenesDeleted)
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Judge Cavendish (scenesDeleted)
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Joe Smith (scenesDeleted)
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Bailiff (scenesDeleted)
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Angel (scenesDeleted) (as Steve Richards)
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Clerk (scenesDeleted)
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Angel (uncredited)
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Tony - the Hotel Bell Captain (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ...
Rocket Man (uncredited)
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Angel (uncredited)
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Heavenly Piccolo Player (uncredited)
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Heavenly Photographer (uncredited)
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The Chef (uncredited)
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Little Bald Man at Carnival (uncredited)
John Brown ...
Lew Poplinski - Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Brown ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Cliffside Park Policeman (uncredited)
James Conaty ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Porter (uncredited)
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Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ...
Passerby on Street (uncredited)
Jack J. Ford ...
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Jack George ...
Trumpet Player (uncredited)
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Tipsy Gent (uncredited)
Joe Herrera ...
Doorman (uncredited)
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Barker (uncredited)
Pat Hogan ...
Girl in Concession (uncredited)
Gene Holland ...
Kid (uncredited)
Sondra Johnson ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ...
Sign Carrying Angel on Street (uncredited)
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Angel (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Furness - Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Jimmy Luke ...
Tubby (uncredited)
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Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Head Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
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Drunk in Hotel Room (uncredited)
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Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Tommy O'Neill ...
Messenger (uncredited)
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Party Girl (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ...
Heavenly Personnel Manager Mercurius (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Larry Rio ...
Slippy (uncredited)
Harry Rosenthal ...
Sherman Starr (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ...
Ticket Taker (uncredited)
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Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Small ...
Skinny (uncredited)
Red Stanley ...
Trombonist in Swing Band (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Club Bouncer (uncredited)
Buddy Swan ...
Kid (uncredited)
Dink Trout ...
Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Party Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh

Written by

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Sam Hellman ... (screen play) &
James V. Kern ... (screen play)
 
Aubrey Wisberg ... (based on an idea by)

Produced by

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Mark Hellinger ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Music by

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Franz Waxman
Carl W. Stalling ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Sidney Hickox ... director of photography (as Sid Hickox)

Film Editing by

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Irene Morra ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Hugh Reticker

Set Decoration by

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Clarence Steensen ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Milo Anderson ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James McMahon ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Stanley Jones ... sound (as Stanley S. Jones)
Gerald W. Alexander ... sound (uncredited)
Charles David Forrest ... sound (uncredited)
Robert G. Wayne ... sound (uncredited)

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Lawrence W. Butler ... special effects (as Lawrence Butler)
Robert Burks ... special effects (uncredited)
Paul Detlefsen ... matte paintings (uncredited)
Hans F. Koenekamp ... miniatures (uncredited)
Warren Lynch ... special effects (uncredited)
William C. McGann ... special effects (uncredited)

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Chesley Bonestell ... matte paintings (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mike Joyce ... second camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Leonid Raab ... orchestral arrangements
William Lava ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Carl W. Stalling ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Hugh Cummings ... dialogue director
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Production Companies

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  • Warner Bros. (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (presents)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Benny's from Heaven and the laughs are out of this world!!! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Der Engel mit der Trompete (Germany)
  • Un toque de trompeta a medianoche (Spain)
  • La tromba squilla a mezzanotte (Italy)
  • Звуки горна в полночь (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 78 min
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Trivia For the rest of his career Jack Benny used the failure of this movie as one of his best jokes. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Projectionist (1970). See more »
Soundtracks Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 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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