- Angel on My Shoulder (film)
name = Angel on My Shoulder
image_size = 250px
writer = Harry Segall
Paul Muni Claude Rains Anne Baxter
released = 1946
country = flagicon|USA USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0038300
"Angel on My Shoulder" is a 1946 American
fantasy filmabout a deal between the Devil and a dead man. It was directed by Archie Mayo, written by Harry Segall and Roland Kibbee, and released by United Artists. The film was Mayo's last before his retirement. It starred Paul Muni, Claude Rainsand Anne Baxter.
Gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is killed by his partner and trusted friend since childhood, Smiley Williams (
Hardie Albright). Kagle ends up in Hell, where "Nick" (Claude Rains) offers him an opportunity for revenge in exchange for help with a problem. He looks exactly like Judge Frederick Parker, an upright man who is entirely too honest and liable to cause more trouble in future, since he is running for governor of his state. Kagle readily agrees.
Nick arranges to have Kagle take over Parker's body. Then, funny things start happening. Though Kagle pursues his goal with evil intent (though often at cross purposes with the Devil), everything he does to smear the judge's reputation somehow ends up making Parker look better. Along the way, Kagle becomes acquainted with Barbara Foster (Anne Baxter), the judge's fiancée. He falls in love with her himself, causing him to question his whole outlook on life. Finally, he rebels.
Exasperated and defeated, Nick takes Kagle back to Hell, leaving Judge Parker much better off than before. Nick threatens to make the reformed man's existence even more painful than usual, but Kagle blackmails his would-be tormentor; in return for not talking about how Nick messed up so badly, Kagle gets himself made a trustee.
Paul Munias Eddie Kagle/Judge Fredrick Parker
Anne Baxteras Barbara Foster
Claude Rainsas Nick
Onslow Stevensas Dr. Matt Higgins
George Clevelandas Albert
Erskine Sanfordas Minister
Marion Martinas Mrs. Bentley
Hardie Albrightas Smiley Williams
James Flavinas Bellamy
The film is now in the
public domainin the United States. Outside of the U.S., the film's rights status varies from country to country, with the worldwide remake rights retained by producer Todd Baker. [ [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117912248.html?categoryId=13&cs=1 'Angel' back on the table - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety ] ]
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