The Horn Blows at Midnight
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Though Jack Benny made a cottage industry out of joking about the purported rottenness of his 1945 vehicle Horn Blows at Midnght, the film is in fact a delightful comedy-fantasy-certainly not Benny's best film, but far from his worst. While dozing off during a radio broadcast, studio musician Athaniel (Benny) dreams he's a trumpet player in Heaven's celestial orchestra. At the behest of glamorous angel Elizabeth (Alexis Smith), Athaniel is brought into the lavish chambers of The Chief (Guy Kibbee), who has a job for our hapless hero. It seems that The Front Office, dissatisfied… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"the situation is so silly the film remains compellingly charming"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Underrated fantasy, with inventive finale."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Not as bad as Jack Benny used to joke about. It ain't great, but it does have some clever moments."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"So-so fantasy screwball comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not wholly successfully, but always fasinating"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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