Omnibus (1952–1961)
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The Horn Blows at Midnight 

An angel is sent to New York City with instructions to blow a trumpet which will destroy the Earth.

Director:

Ralph Levy
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Host
Jack Benny ... Athanael (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Lester Matthews ... The Chief (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Dorothy Malone ... Elizabeth Rodholder (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Byron Foulger ... Horatio (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Frank Jaquet ... Ludwig van Beethoven (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Noah (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Lou Lubin ... Newspaper Stand Owner (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Lee Millar ... Dan (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Jeff Donnell ... Helen (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Martin Dean Martin Dean ... Jerry (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Harry Shearer ... Johnny (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Benny Rubin ... Cab Driver (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
John Vosper ... Hotel Desk Clerk (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
Hallene Hill Hallene Hill ... Mrs. Watson (segment "The Horn Blows at Midnight")
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Storyline

The program has three segments: (1) "The Horn Blows at Midnight" (adaptation of the 1945 Jack Benny comedy film), (2) "Introduction to William Shakespeare" (talk on the Shakespearean theater), (3) "The California Condor" (showing of excerpts from a 1953 film dealing with this rare bird).

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Genres:

Drama | History | Music

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ford Foundation See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is a television adaptation of the 1949 radio show which was loosely derived from the 1945 Warner Brothers film. Jack Benny starred in all three versions. See more »

Goofs

When Helen goes to "ask the boss for a few more minutes," the shadow of a microphone flies up the right wall of the newsstand. See more »

Quotes

[Elizabeth gives Athanael a modern wardrobe and he goes in the next room to change]
Athanael: Are you sure these are the right clothes?
Elizabeth: Of course. Why?
Athanael: Well, I don't know, they have someone else's initials on them.
Elizabeth: Initials?
Athanael: Yeah. B.V.D.
Elizabeth: Oh Athanael, that's just the name of the manufacturer.
Athanael: Oh. Well, they've certainly got it in a funny place... Oh, I see, I've got it on upside-down!
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Connections

References Hondo (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing in the Dark
Written by Arthur Schwartz (uncredited) and Howard Dietz (uncredited)
Performed by Mahlon Merrick and his Orchestra
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