The Horn Blows at Midnight

1945, Comedy, 1h 18m

12 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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A trumpet player in a radio orchestra (Jack Benny) falls asleep during a commercial and dreams he's the angel Athanael. The beautiful angel Elizabeth (Alexis Smith) delivers Athanael to the head of heaven's orchestra, where he's told to return to earth and blow his trumpet at midnight, thus marking the end of the world. When he fails his assignment, he becomes a fallen angel, and though he's given a second chance, his fellow fallen angels conspire to keep him from completing his mission.

Cast & Crew

Guy Kibbee
Radio Director , The Chief
Dolores Moran
Violinist , Fran Blackstone
Allyn Joslyn
Second Trumpeter , Osidro
Reginald Gardiner
Composer , Archie Dexter
John Alexander
First Trumpeter , Doremus
Franklin Pangborn
Radio Engineer , Sloan
Margaret Dumont
Mme. Traviata , Miss Rodholder
Robert Blake
Junior Pulplinsky
Paul Harvey
Hotel Manager Thompson
Mike Mazurki
Bass Player , Humphrey Rafferty
Jack L. Warner
Executive Producer
Sam Hellman
Screenwriter
James V. Kern
Screenwriter
Franz Waxman
Original Music
Sidney Hickox
Cinematographer
Irene Morra
Film Editor
Hugh Reticker
Art Director
Clarence Steensen
Set Decoration
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Horn Blows at Midnight

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  • Feb 07, 2009
    Even the lovable, iconic Mr. Jack Benny himself couldn't prevent this poorly written cheese-puff from flopping at the box office. A classic example of a stupendously wonderful comedian in a stupendously awful film.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2009
    No classic but hardly the total dog Jack Benny made it out to be for years. Alexis Smith is amazingly beautiful almost matched by Dolores Moran.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2008
    Jack Benny is a trumpet-playing angel sent to earth to signal the end of days, but only if he can blow his horn on the rooftop at exactly midnight. Vintage comedy that's a bit more nostalgic than it is funny.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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