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Angel on My Shoulder (1946) Poster

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After his definitive performance in Scarface (1932), Paul Muni vowed never to play a gangster again. This tactic worked well for a couple of years, with an Academy Award for The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and an Oscar nomination for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), but eventually the good parts started to dwindle. By 1946, Muni was keen to play a major role again, so took the part of a gangster in this film.
Director Archie Mayo clashed repeatedly with star Paul Muni during production. Muni didn't make another film for eight years.
The film's original title was "Me and Satan" but producer Charles R. Rogers decided to change it to Angel on My Shoulder (1946) on the conclusion that no one would want to go to see a film about the Devil.
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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 12, 1946 with Paul Muni and Anne Baxter reprising their film roles.
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Final film of Hardie Albright.
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Final film of director Archie Mayo.
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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.
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The film is now in the public domain in the United States because producers Charles R. Rogers and David W. Siegel neglected to renew the copyright in 1973. Its status varies in other countries.
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The film's international remake rights are owned by producer Todd Baker.
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Claude Rains also played a similar role in "Here Comes Mr. Jordon." In the latter, he played "Mr. Jordon," who helped the central character, "Joe Pendleton" find a new body after he died.
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