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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.

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


Certificate:

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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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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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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: [arriving in Hell] Florida never smelled like this... like rotten eggs...
Chemist: Precisely, young man. Rotten eggs. The unpleasant odor is caused by H2SO4, hydrogen sulfuric acid, the most common compound of hydrogen and sulphur. Am I right? I poisoned my wife with a sulphur compound; my young wife. She was unfaithful. I was a chemist.
Eddie Kagle: What do you mean... 'was?'
Chemist: Before they hanged me.
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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 »

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An All-Time Classic
2 December 2001 | by Tiny-13See 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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