Now with the new DVD out at SAE I dare ask if there's a chance for that glorious and indeed "heavenly" score by Franz Waxman. A neglected gem (the suite on the Varese CD is better than nothing but omits the best parts). This one deserves the full set of acetates or whatever elements there are.
I, too, have always enjoyed this exuberant score. Waxman really hopped over the fence to the fun side for this one. It's sort of like sophisticated cartoon music (and I mean that only in a most complimentary way). It fits the film's style like a glove.
This is the film that Jack Benny used to joke about all the time on his radio and television show. I'm surprised that he didn't go to the editing room, saw some of his scenes of the film, and told the editor, "Now cut that out!"
For a great alternate "Horn", check out the Ford Theater radio version with Benny and Claude Rains. The script is very different, much more clever, with one of the biggest laugh lines happening in the opening scene of the play.
The HORN got awful reviews when it was released and did poor business. Warners got scared and produced a truly terrible trailer which could only have turned off audiences. I think THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT is a wonderful farce and the rooftop finale is hilarious (and marvelously scored by Carl Stalling).
I have a 1945 radio performance of Waxman's HORN fantasy. I think it was played on the Standard Hour. The Queensland recorded it several years ago.