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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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Plot Keywords:

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:

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

This movie inspired the 1969 television series _Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased)_, and is included as an extra on the UK DVD box sets released by Network. See more »

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

Quotes

Barbara Foster: All I know is wherever you're going, I want to go too.
Eddie Kagle: You don't belong where I'm going honey.
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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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Entertaining, well made, charming, and of course clever.
24 November 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

It's great to see Paul Muni in another role--he's a great actor who did too few films--and it's never bad to see Claude Rains. In this case Muni plays a con who has gone to hell, and Rains is the devil himself. They have an arrangement to go up to the surface of the earth and some trickiness ensues. It's fun, deceptive, sometimes humorous, sometimes romantically serious.

Because the plot is a clear contrivance, the movie does have a slightly illustrative sense, the way "Harvey" does with James Stewart. But sometimes you forget about the devil and the deals he's made, and you just watch, and the best parts of the movie rise above the cleverness. This is director Archie Mayo's last film, and though he no Hollywood legend, he was a serious, consistent director, and this proves it.


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