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Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

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The Devil arranges for a deceased gangster to return to Earth as a well-respected judge to make up for his previous life.

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Complete credited cast:
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Eddie Kagle / Judge Frederick Parker
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Barbara Foster
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Nick
Onslow Stevens ...
Dr. Matt Higgins
George Cleveland ...
Albert
Erskine Sanford ...
Minister
Marion Martin ...
Mrs. Bentley
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Smiley Williams
James Flavin ...
Bellamy
Jimmie Dundee ...
Gangster (as James Dundee)
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Gangster Eddie Kagel is killed by a trusted lieutenant and finds himself in Harry Redmond Jr's special-effects Hell, where Nick/The Devil sees that he is an-exact double for a judge who Nick doesn't approve of. Eddie is agreeable to having his soul transferred to the judge's body, as it will give him a chance to avenge himself on his killer. But every action taken by Eddie (as the judge) results in good rather than evil and, to Nick's dismay, the reputation and influence of the judge is enhanced, rather than impaired by Eddie. And Eddie also falls in love with the judge's fiancée, Barbara. Even Eddie's planned revenge fails and Nick is forced to concede defeat. He returns to Hell, taking Eddie with him, after Eddie has extracted his promise that Nick will not molest the judge or Barbara in the future. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The strange story of Eddie Kagle... the man they couldn't keep down!


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20 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aniol na ramieniu  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Brazen Girl: [in Hell] Feels like this in Florida sometimes.
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Opening credits: This story is about Eddie Kagle who based his way of living on what Omar Khayyam once said: "Live fully while you may and reckon not the cost". See more »

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Entertaining, well made, charming, and of course clever.
24 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

It's great to see Paul Muni in another role--he's a great actor who did too few films--and it's never bad to see Claude Rains. In this case Muni plays a con who has gone to hell, and Rains is the devil himself. They have an arrangement to go up to the surface of the earth and some trickiness ensues. It's fun, deceptive, sometimes humorous, sometimes romantically serious.

Because the plot is a clear contrivance, the movie does have a slightly illustrative sense, the way "Harvey" does with James Stewart. But sometimes you forget about the devil and the deals he's made, and you just watch, and the best parts of the movie rise above the cleverness. This is director Archie Mayo's last film, and though he no Hollywood legend, he was a serious, consistent director, and this proves it.


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