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Angel on My Shoulder (film)

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Genre  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Story by  Harry Segall
Country  United States
7/10 IMDb

Director  Archie Mayo
Music director  Dimitri Tiomkin
Language  English
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Release date  September 20, 1946 (1946-09-20) (US) September 27, 1946 (1946-09-27) (UK)
Writer  Harry Segall (original story), Harry Segall (screenplay), Roland Kibbee (screenplay)
Cast  Paul Muni (Eddie Kagle/Judge Fredrick Parker), Anne Baxter (Barbara Foster), Claude Rains (Nick), Onslow Stevens (Dr. Matt Higgins), George Cleveland (Albert), Erskine Sanford (Minister)
Similar movies  Welcome to Purgatory, Ted 2, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Judge, Goodfellas, The Departed
Tagline  The strange story of Eddie Kagle... the man they couldn't keep down!

Angel on My Shoulder is a 1946 American fantasy film about a deal between the Devil and a dead man.


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The film was an independent production, produced by Charles R. Rogers and David W. Siegel, directed by Archie Mayo, written by Harry Segall (who also wrote the screenplay for Here Comes Mr. Jordan and the play Heaven Can Wait) and Roland Kibbee, and released by United Artists. The film was Mayo's last before his retirement.

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It starred Paul Muni, Anne Baxter and Claude Rains. The producer changed the original title, Me and Satan, when he concluded that the public would not see a film about the Devil.

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After his release from prison, gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is killed by his partner in crime, Smiley Williams (Hardie Albright). Kagle ends up in Hell, where "Nick" (Claude Rains) offers him a chance to leave and avenge his own death in exchange for help with a problem. Kagle looks exactly like Judge Frederick Parker, an upright man who is causing Nick distress because he is entirely too honest. Nick fears that Parker/Kagle may cause him more anxiety in future, as he is running for governor of his state. Nick wants to destroy Parker's reputation and Kagle readily agrees to have his soul transferred into Parker's body.

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As soon as Kagle appears as Parker, odd things begin to happen. Kagle pursues his goal with evil intent (though often at cross purposes with the Devil), but everything he does to ruin the Judge Parker's reputation somehow results in making Parker look better. Along the way, Kagle falls in love with Barbara Foster (Anne Baxter), the judge's fiancée, causing him to question his whole outlook on life and eventually rebel against Nick.

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Nick presents Kagle the opportunity to shoot Williams, but instead Kagle confronts the man with the truth. Shocked and frightened, Williams backs away and falls out an open window to his death.

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Exasperated and defeated, Nick takes Kagle back to Hell, leaving Judge Parker in a much better position than before. Nick threatens to make the reformed man's punishment even more painful than usual, but Kagle blackmails his would-be tormentor; in return for not revealing Nick's blunders, Kagle wants to be made a trustee. Nick has no option but to agree to Kagle's demand.


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  • Paul Muni as Eddie Kagle/Judge Fredrick Parker
  • Anne Baxter as Barbara Foster
  • Claude Rains as Nick
  • Onslow Stevens as Dr. Matt Higgins
  • George Cleveland as Albert
  • Erskine Sanford as Minister
  • Marion Martin as Mrs. Bentley
  • Hardie Albright as Smiley Williams
  • James Flavin as Bellamy
  • Fritz Leiber as Chemist (uncredited)
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    The film is now in the public domain in the United States, because the producers, Rogers and Siegel, neglected to renew the copyright in 1973.

    The film was remade for TV in the late 1970s, with Peter Strauss, Richard Kiley and Barbara Hershey in the lead roles. It was directed by veteran John Berry, as one of several TV movies he made in the 1970s and 1980s. It was first shown by ABC on May 11, 1980.


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