Angel on My Shoulder

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Gangster goes to Hell

on 12/17/2012

This 1946 classic film stars Paul Muni, Claude Rains, and Anne Baxter. Originally written by Harry Segall, it is the reverse telling of his earlier work, the stage play "Heaven Can Wait", (which was adapted for the screen as "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" and remade in 1978 by Warren Beatty). Whereas "Heaven Can Wait" is the story of a man who's prematurely sent to Heaven, "Angel" tells the tale of a mobster, Eddie Kagle, who is sent to Hell after he's gunned down by his best friend. Read More

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A notorious gangster is murdered by his double-crossing partner. While in hell, he makes a deal with the devil to return to earth..Only to double-cross him in the end.


Studio VCI Video
SKU 40140715
UPC 089859824326
UPC 14 00089859824326
Format DVD
Release Date 7/3/2001
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Harry Segal, the writer of HERE COMES MR. JORDAN, sends a soul in the other direction in ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER. Gangster Eddie Kagel (Paul Muni) is killed by a buddy and lands in hell. After an unsuccessful attempt to break out of hell, Nick, the Devil, (Claude Rains) strikes a deal with Eddie. Nick will allow Eddie back to Earth if Eddie will destroy the reputation of upstanding judge Frederick Parker. Eddie agrees to the deal and Nick zaps his soul into Frederick's body. Eddie/Frederick's aim is to off his turncoat buddy as soon as possible, but Nick isn't interested in any funny business. As Eddie and Nick attempt to ruin Frederick, Parker's fiancée (Anne Baxter) is rearing up to wed Eddie/Frederick, and her affections cause Eddy to reflect upon his devilish mission. ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, director Archie Mayo's final film, which was released in 1946, has retained its popularity over the years.
Plot Summary
Summary A dead gangster makes a pact with the devil so he can come back to earth and exact revenge on his murderer.
Film Comment "...Part amazing....Always compelling..." 05/01/1998 p.13
Archie Mayo
Claude Rains
Anne Baxter
Paul Muni
Cast & Crew
Hardie Albright - Star
Claude Rains - Star
George Cleveland - Star
Anne Baxter - Star
Erskine Sanford - Star
Paul Muni - Star
George Arthur - Editor
Ernest Westmore - Makeup
Charles R. Rogers - Producer
Roland Kibbee - Screenwriter
Edward G. Boyle - Set Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin - Music
Howard Anderson - Special Effects
Harry Redmond Sr. - Special Effects
Maria Donovan - Costume Designer
David Siegel - Producer
Harry Segall - Screenwriter
Bernard Herzbrun - Production Designer
Archie Mayo - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1946
Catalog ID 8243
UPC 00089859824326
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Black & White
Product Attributes
Actor Muni,Paul
Label United Home
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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