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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.


Archie Mayo


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




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


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) »


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


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Final film of director Archie Mayo. See more »


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 (and the "chemist" had unconventionally called "hydrogen sulfuric acid"), which does not have the smell of rotten eggs. The correct chemical is H2S, or hydrogen sulfide. See more »


Eddie Kagle: Take a powder.
Albert, Parker's Servant: Take a powder sir? Oh, you mean scram.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Demons (1996) See more »

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Amusing and funny film with comedy and romance
26 October 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Picture concerns about a gangster called Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) who is based his way of living on what Omar Khayyan once said : ¨Live fully while you may and reckon not the cost¨ . He leaves the State Penitentiary where was imprisoned accused of murderous , Eddie makes a covenant with the devil (Claude Rains) and returns to earth for vengeance as an important judge . He becomes incarnated a kind judge and the problems emerge when is romanced with his girlfriend (Anne Baxter) , falling in love with her , but the good-heart mobster spoils the relationship .

It's a romantic movie with a supernatural love story . Enjoyable romance tale in which the protagonist trio is sensational . Bemusing fantasy with excellent interpretation by Paul Muni (Scarface) in a comic character while he usually played historical or dramatic roles . Claude Rains(Casablanca) as an ironic and obstinate Devil is magnificent although in ¨Here comes Mr. Jordan¨ he played an Angel . Anne Baxter is enticing and attractive . Fine production design at the Inferno's recreation . The motion picture is well directed by Archie Mayo (Bordertown , Petrified forest , Black legion) in his last film , he's a specialist on noir cinema and worked with almost all Warner Brothers biggest stars (Paul Muni , James Cagney, George Raft , Humphrey Bogart) though also directed some comedy , as this film and with Marx Brothers, ¨One night in Casablanca¨ which had more pace and spirit that some of their later works . Rating : Entertaining and well worth watching .

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Release Date:

20 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me and Satan See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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