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Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 20 September 1946 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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20 September 1946 (USA)  »

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Me and Satan  »

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| (Ontario) | (TCM Print)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Hardie Albright. See more »

Goofs

In the scene set on a new construction site, the trees in the background are an obvious painted backdrop. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Kagle: How long you been down here?
Nick: Since time immemorial.
Eddie Kagle: The way you talk, you must've had a good education.
Nick: A most liberal one.
Eddie Kagle: I only went through the third grade.
Nick: I went through the whole gamut of learning. I know everything.
Eddie Kagle: Stuck on yourself, huh? What's your name?
Nick: Well, I have a number of aliases. I have a long record under the name of Mephistopheles.
Eddie Kagle: Greek, huh?
Nick: Well, there are some who claim I'm more of one nation than another, but that's not true, Eddie. I'm of all nations, I play no ...
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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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An All-Time Classic
2 December 2001 | by (5) – See all my reviews

It's the film everyone remembers from those Saturday afternoon TV film matinees. The producer, Charles R. Rogers, had a pretty bleak record when it came to producing films on his own (he was once a V.P. at Universal before going solo). But with "Angel" he knocked it out of the park. He inserted age-old movie favorties and combined them into one story. Gangsters, fights, comedy, drama, fantasy... what's not to love?

"Angel on My Shoulder" (1946) offers up classic performances by such legendary stars as Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains. All cast to type, they give performances that are timeless. When you think of any of these stars, think of them in this film and it will give you a pretty good idea as to what each was known for.

Although this film was put together during the tail end of World War II and was designed as escapist fun, it holds up today. In fact, it begs for a good re-make. One was done for TV back in 1980, but fell flat. So bad was that version, that they should pay you to watch it. Yet if someone was to do it correctly today, they would have a real gem on their hands.

If you haven't seen the original 1946 version, catch it on TV. It belongs in everybody's movie-watching repertoire.


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