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The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

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78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

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 ...See moreFalling 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 See less
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Director
Writers
Sam Hellman (screen play) | James V. Kern (screen play) | Aubrey Wisberg (based on an idea by)
Cinematographer
Sidney Hickox (as Sid Hickox)
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Updated Apr 20, 1945

Release date
Apr 28, 1945 (United States)

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71 cast members
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Jack Benny
Athanael Athanael   See fewer
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Alexis Smith
Elizabeth Elizabeth   See fewer
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Dolores Moran
Violinist / Fran Blackstone Violinist / Fran Blackstone   See fewer
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Allyn Joslyn
Second Trumpeter / Osidro Second Trumpeter / Osidro   See fewer
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Reginald Gardiner
Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter Composer / Archibald 'Archie' Dexter   See fewer
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Guy Kibbee
Radio Director / The Chief Radio Director / The Chief   See fewer
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John Alexander
First Trumpeter / Doremus First Trumpeter / Doremus   See fewer
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Franklin Pangborn
Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective   See fewer
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Margaret Dumont
Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder   See fewer
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Robert Blake
Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake) Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)   See fewer
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Ethel Griffies
Lady Stover Lady Stover   See fewer
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Paul Harvey
Hotel Manager Thompson Hotel Manager Thompson   See fewer
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Mike Mazurki
Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty Bass Player / Humphrey Rafferty   See fewer
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Truman Bradley
Radio Announcer Radio Announcer   See fewer
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John Alvin
Angel (scenes deleted) Angel (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Cecil Cunningham
Judge Cavendish (scenes deleted) Judge Cavendish (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Richard Erdman
Joe Smith (scenes deleted) Joe Smith (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Fred Kelsey
Bailiff (scenes deleted) Bailiff (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Mark Stevens
Angel (scenes deleted) (as Steve Richards) Angel (scenes deleted) (as Steve Richards)   See fewer
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Sailor Vincent
Clerk (scenes deleted) Clerk (scenes deleted)   See fewer
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Betty Alexander
Angel (uncredited) Angel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Murray Alper
Tony - the Hotel Bell Captain (uncredited) Tony - the Hotel Bell Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmy Ames
Rocket Man (uncredited) Rocket Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joy Barlow
Angel (uncredited) Angel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Whit Bissell
Heavenly Piccolo Player (uncredited) Heavenly Piccolo Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Oliver Blake
Heavenly Photographer (uncredited) Heavenly Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Monte Blue
The Chef (uncredited) The Chef (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buster Brodie
Little Bald Man at Carnival (uncredited) Little Bald Man at Carnival (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Brown
Lew Poplinski - Waiter (uncredited) Lew Poplinski - Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Brown
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Burke
Cliffside Park Policeman (uncredited) Cliffside Park Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Conaty
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dudley Dickerson
Porter (uncredited) Porter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Johnny Duncan
Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited) Jitterbug Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Ferguson
Passerby on Street (uncredited) Passerby on Street (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack J. Ford
Orchestra Leader (uncredited) Orchestra Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack George
Trumpet Player (uncredited) Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carl Harbaugh
Tipsy Gent (uncredited) Tipsy Gent (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joe Herrera
Doorman (uncredited) Doorman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earle Hodgins
Barker (uncredited) Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pat Hogan
Girl in Concession (uncredited) Girl in Concession (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gene Holland
Kid (uncredited) Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sondra Johnson
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Jordan
Sign Carrying Angel on Street (uncredited) Sign Carrying Angel on Street (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenner G. Kemp
Angel (uncredited) Angel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Isabel La Mal
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Lane
Furness - Radio Announcer (uncredited) Furness - Radio Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carl M. Leviness
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jimmy Luke
Tubby (uncredited) Tubby (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sidney Miller
Trumpet Player (uncredited) Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Hays Morgan
Headwaiter (uncredited) Headwaiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edmund Mortimer
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mower
Head Hotel Clerk (uncredited) Head Hotel Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Norton
Drunk in Hotel Room (uncredited) Drunk in Hotel Room (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patrick O'Moore
Hotel Clerk (uncredited) Hotel Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tommy O'Neill
Messenger (uncredited) Messenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Virginia Patton
Party Girl (uncredited) Party Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Francis Pierlot
Heavenly Personnel Manager Mercurius (uncredited) Heavenly Personnel Manager Mercurius (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Quinn
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Rio
Slippy (uncredited) Slippy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Rosenthal
Sherman Starr (uncredited) Sherman Starr (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Seymour
Ticket Taker (uncredited) Ticket Taker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anabel Shaw
Telephone Operator (uncredited) Telephone Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Small
Skinny (uncredited) Skinny (uncredited)   See fewer
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Red Stanley
Trombonist in Swing Band (uncredited) Trombonist in Swing Band (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry Steers
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Stoney
Club Bouncer (uncredited) Club Bouncer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buddy Swan
Kid (uncredited) Kid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dink Trout
Trumpet Player (uncredited) Trumpet Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eric Wilton
Hotel Guest (uncredited) Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Party Girl (uncredited) Party Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 1,046 votes