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June 15, 2016
The Horn Blows at Midnight is a funny film. It is about Athaniel who dreams he's a trumpet player in Heaven's celestial orchestra. Jack Benny and Alexis Smith give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Raoul Walsh did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the humor and music. The Horn Blows at Midnight is a must see.
August 18, 2014
Benny made the box-office failure of this movie into a running gag on his radio show. But the joke's on the audience because this movie isn't nearly as terrible as Benny or his writers made it out to be. The story of an angel sent to Earth to bring about the end of the world turns into screwball comedy with Benny firmly at the center of things, hamming things up. It's not nearly as good as some of Benny's other cinematic works, but it's still worth seeing.
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
August 12, 2014
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.
May 3, 2013
It used to be shown once a year in the NYC area, on New Year's Eve. Some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny, the sets are great, the actors are terrific, and there has never been anyone like Jack Benny. It'll be on tcm on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 9:30 pm. As far as I'm concerned, it's a classic. Enjoy.
June 21, 2012
My favorite of all of Benny's movies. An underrated classic!
½ June 11, 2012
An important artifact for any Jack Benny fan, and a complete piece of off-the-wall entertainment even if you're new to him. Jack took a lot of flak for this movie when it didn't do very well at the box office, and it served as the butt of a whole slew of jokes on his radio program. Truth be told, however, the film is quite a delightful little comedy which never needs to be anything more than charming and imaginative. Raoul Walsh, best known for his contributions to Warner's gangster fare, brings a decidedly dark and expressionistic flare to the film, and some of the cinematography is awe-inspiring. The story starts in a radio studio, where Jack's character Athaniel is playing third trumpet for a late night show's orchestra- and boy is he bad. This is based on Jack's own ongoing radio joke in which, despite his sincere enthusiasm for the instrument, he made his violin shriek with pain every time he rubbed a bow across it. Here, too, he yearns to be recognized as the great trumpeter he considers himself, and after falling asleep (thanks to the soothing voice of the program's commercial announcer) he dreams the most pretentious of dreams- that he, as one of Heaven's angels, should go to down to Earth to end the world with a trumpet blast at midnight. Antics follow when Athaniel gets mixed up with a couple of fallen angels and finds himself in the middle of a cunning thief and his foxy girlfriend in an upscale hotel. This is a really unique picture with a lot of visual flare. It utilizes some great set pieces, specifically an enormous coffee set on the side of a building. As a Jack Benny vehicle, it is phenomenal, and as a film, it is one of his best, a real misunderstood comedy from the golden age.
December 27, 2009
Absolutely one of the stupidest movies I've ever seen, but I didn't stop laughing throughout the entire 80 minutes.
½ July 26, 2009
An often maligned and forgotten screwball comedy that is sometimes short on laughs, but never short on imagination or charisma.
½ June 14, 2009
Amusing Jack Benny comedy, one of his few feature length films. He often put this film down as being so bad, but it isn't, it's quite good. Fine cast, especially Franklin Pangborn in a supporting role.
flixsterman
Super Reviewer
June 13, 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.
January 17, 2009
I'd like to be attacked by a giant spoon, and dumped into a horrifically large cup of coffee......
December 20, 2008
Not bad. Enjoyable idea.
exnavykds
Super Reviewer
July 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.
July 24, 2008
really good
must see
July 22, 2008
Silly but enjoyable. Lots of good gags. Time well wasted.
½ July 15, 2005
Amusing Jack Benny comedy, one of his few feature length films. He often put this film down as being so bad, but it isn't, it's quite good. Fine cast, especially Franklin Pangborn in a supporting role.
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