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The Horn Blows at Midnight

Immortal Jack Benny trades in his royal scepter for a heavenly trumpet in this comedic fantasy about an innocent angel faced with the dubious task of destroying an all-to-indulgent Earth.
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD-R Details

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 18 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: September 10, 2013
  • Originally Released: 1945
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)

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Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 131
Rating: 4/5 -- Not wholly successfully, but always fasinating
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 21, 2002
Rating: C+ -- So-so fantasy screwball comedy. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 7, 2008
Rating: 4/5 -- The same brazen, idiosyncratic qualities that made Midnight a bomb at the time of its release also make it a quirky, unconventional, audacious winner in history's more forgiving, indulgent eyes. Full Review
The Dissolve
Dec 9, 2013
Rating: 3/5 -- the situation is so silly the film remains compellingly charming
Nov 6, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Not as bad as Jack Benny used to joke about. It ain't great, but it does have some clever moments.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Mar 7, 2003
Underrated fantasy, with inventive finale. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Jul 17, 2009

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Since persecution and hatred have soared out of control, Heaven's "front office" sends Athanael (Jack Benny), a trumpet player in Heaven's orchestra, to Earth to play the first four notes of the "Judgment Day Overture." The notes must be played precisely at midnight from a hotel rooftop to initiate Earth's annihilation, but things become hilariously botched when Athanael is faced with the temptation of money and parties, saving a woman from suicide and having to protect his trumpet from "falling angels," gangsters and a group of young roughnecks, all intent on thwarting his mission.


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Warner Archive Collection

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 21,964
  • UPC: 883316879368
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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