Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

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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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  • Anne Baxter and Paul Muni in Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
  • Claude Rains and Paul Muni in Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
  • Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, and Paul Muni in Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
  • Anne Baxter and Paul Muni in Angel on My Shoulder (1946)
  • Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, and Paul Muni in Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

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3 January 2010 | wes-connors
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| Paul Muni goes to The Devil
Let out of jail, gangster Paul Mini (as Eddie Kagle) is shot dead by the "double crossing rat" who picks him up at the prison. Uncomfortable in Hell, Mr. Muni hooks up with wicked Claude Rains (as "Nick"), who seems to know his way around the underworld. Not guessing Mr. Rains is the devil in disguise, Muni walks with Rains through fire, and returns to observe the Living World. There, Rains arranges a body-switch with look-alike Judge Frederick Parker (also played by Muni). Muni is promised revenge on the crook who crossed him; and, Rains is unhappy with the Judge, who hasn't been sending many souls to Hell.

So, criminal Muni embodies good Muni...

Archie Mayo's "Angel on My Shoulder" isn't as well-remembered, or as original, as other films visiting the same territory; but, watching Muni and Rains makes up most of the difference. This version is played as a sometimes comic drama, and the stars are devilishly fun to watch. Also notable is Anne Baxter (as Barbara Foster), who plays the pretty fiancée Muni amusingly gropes with approval, then falls in love with. She may be his salvation. Perfectly cast Hardie Albright (as Smiley Williams) is no slouch; in once of the film's best scenes, he holds his own with Muni and Rains in the room. Others haven't as much to do, but they do it well.

******* Angel on My Shoulder (9/20/46) Archie Mayo ~ Paul Muni, Claude Rains, Anne Baxter, Hardie Albright

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