Thursday, January 30, 2014
THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT (1945)
Naturally if he did that this wouldn't be much of a movie. All kinds of things stand in his way including two fallen angels looking to steal his trumpet, two beautiful women, his discovery of food and swing music. Oh yea, he also get's fired out of a cannon and then later falls off a skyscraper into a cup of coffee.
Overall I thought it was pretty funny. I giggled a few times and enjoyed myself the entire way through. Benny had a few snappy lines and the story had a few clever moments like the lack of angel power in Heaven, the endless bureaucracy in Heaven and the elevator from Heaven to Earth lands in a hotel, much to the irritation of the guests. My favorite thing though was all the great faces: Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, John Alexander, Guy Kibbee, Allyn Joslyn, Dolores Moran, Mike Mazurki and Franklin Pangborn, plus others! And we can't forget the direction by Raoul Walsh.