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Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

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

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

Harry Segall (original story), Harry Segall (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Muni ... Eddie Kagle / Judge Frederick Parker
Anne Baxter ... Barbara Foster
Claude Rains ... Nick
Onslow Stevens ... Dr. Matt Higgins
George Cleveland ... Albert
Erskine Sanford ... Minister
Marion Martin ... Mrs. Bentley
Hardie Albright ... Smiley Williams
James Flavin ... Bellamy
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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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judge | devil | gangster | hell | love | See All (16) »

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With an Angel on His Shoulder...And the Devil in His Heart! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me and Satan See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to an article in the 16 June 1946 edition of the New York Times, both Paul Muni and Claude Rains came down with the flu during filming which caused the production to be extended from a scheduled nine weeks to thirteen. See more »

Goofs

Upon arriving in hell, Eddie complains of the smell of rotten eggs. A "chemist" states that this is due to H2SO4. H2SO4 is sulfuric acid, which does not have the smell of rotten eggs. The correct chemical is H2S, or hydrogen sulfide. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Kagle: Take a powder.
Albert, Parker's Servant: Take a powder sir? Oh, you mean scram.
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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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Clever, Amusing, and a little Surprising
5 November 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Paul Muni leads a talented cast in Archie Mayo's dark comedy about a wise-guy (Eddie Kagle/Muni) who, murdered, finds himself entangled in one of Satan's (Claude Rains) schemes to outwit his arch-rival and steal the soul of a righteous judge who happens to look exactly like Kagle. Kagle is willing to do the devil's handiwork as long as he can get revenge upon his murderer. But living vicariously in the life of a good man (Judge Parker), loved by an even better woman (Barbara/Anne Baxter) Kagle begins to question the evils of his life.

While Angel on my Shoulder is not quite a redemption story, it endows its characters with just enough conscience to make them sympathetic. The characterizations are strong - especially for the three leads - Muni, Rains and Baxter. All three are excellent, and help to make the film worth watching. The script is good, and occasionally very clever, but also slips once in a while. The pace is steady though not brisk. The cinematography is, at times, a bit hokey, but this fits the occasional lapses into silliness which the story indulges.

Recommended for young adults and older adults. Aspects of the film may frighten younger viewers and some of the key humor may not be appropriate for kids.


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