Angel on My Shoulder (1946) 1080p

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Adventure | Comedy
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 2.0  
Run Time:
100 min
IMDB Rating:
6.8 / 10 
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Directors: Archie Mayo [Director] ,

Movie Description:
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. —Les Adams


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Machiavelli has nothing on Rains....

Claude Rains is at his mischievous best in this fantasy drama as the Devil who decides that he can use a recent arrival in his domain - gangster "Eddie" (Paul Muni) to thwart the goody-goody antics of "Judge Parker", a jurist who has aspirations to run for governor. Now "Eddie" is more than happy with his Satanic proposal and relishes the fun he can have as he takes over the body of the judge and has a whale of a time. Thing is, though, his actions actually start to enhance the reputation of the man he was sent to tarnish, and when he meets Anne Baxter ("Barbara") who is now his new-found fiancée, he rapidly starts to look like he might not be such a great choice for Old Nick after all... Both are on good form, the characters are engaging and as the worm turns, I felt a slight degree of satisfaction as his puppet master has to look on, powerless... The ending isn't great, but I suppose desserts were just all round, and I enjoyed the whole thing.

Rehashed and revised theme is lifted by lead performances

"Angel on My Shoulder" must have seemed to be an old story rehashed even in 1946. As others have noted, this film was a dark side rendition of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan." And, a favorite reviewer notes that a segment of the film is a copy of part of the 1938 hit film, "Angels with Dirty Faces." Claude Rains is familiar from his similar but counter role in 1941s "Mr. Jordan." Paul Muni had made just two films in 1945.

With "Angel on My Shoulder," Muni hoped to revive his film career, but it wasn't to be. He had five Academy Award nominations in the 1930s and won his only Oscar for "The Story of Louis Pasteur" in 1937. His screen roles were further apart in the 1940s as his popularity diminished.

But 1946 was a banner year for Hollywood, with many great movies. After the bleak years of World War II, the Western public wanted a return to solid entertainment. The Academy Awards for the year were almost exclusively for dramatic films. Solid dramas and mystery/crime thrillers were the top of the box office draws for the year. So, the dark side fantasy of a familiar theme in "Angel on My Shoulder" just didn't appeal to that many people of the day. Nor does it hold much interest these many decades later.

Muni's film career continued to decline and ended with mostly TV story appearances in the 1950s. But his acting career continued strong on the stage, and in 1955, he won a Tony for his role in the Broadway production off "Inherit the Wind." The performances by the leads in this film are the only reason it earns six stars.

Watch it for Muni and Rains

This is an entertaining movie especially early on, with a dark opening scene followed by a version of hell that's like a hot, smelly version of prison. Paul Muni is great growling out gangster slang, and Claude Rains makes an amusingly impish Satan, even if he never really feels threatening enough. It's light fare and gets moralistic, maybe because of the Production Code or its target audience, but I thought it was worth watching for those two actors.
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