Angel on my Shoulder (September 20, 1946)

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Claude Rains and Paul Muni in Angel on my Shoulder
 

Released on September 20, 1946: The strange story of Eddie Kagle! In this dark comedy, the Devil arranges for a dead gangster to return to Earth as a well-respected judge to make up for his previous life.

Produced by Charles R. Rogers

Directed by Archie Mayo

The Actors: Paul Muni (Eddie Kagle/Judge Frederick Parker), Anne Baxter (Barbara Foster), Claude Rains (Nick), Onslow Stevens (Dr. Matt Higgins), George Cleveland (Albert), Erskine Sanford (the Minister), Marion Martin (Mrs. Bentley), Hardie Albright (Smiley Williams), James Flavin (Bellamy, corrupt political boss), Jimmie Dundee (gangster), Murray Alper (Jim the taxi cab driver), Sam Ash (citizen), Joan Blair (the brazen girl in hell), Chet Brandenburg (man in audience), James Carlisle (citizen), Maurice Cass (Lucius), Chester Clute (Kramer), Mike Donovan (court baliff), James Dime (guard of stokers in hell), Eddie Dunn (motorcycle cop), Joel Friedkin (Malvola), Curt Furburg (angry citizen), Sol Gorss (ganster), Jonathan Hale (citizens for better government chairman), Noble Johnson (trustee in hell), Kurt Katch (warden in hell), Edward Keane (prison yard captain), Kenner G. Kemp (lawyer at table), Connie Laird (little girl who kises Paul Muni), Mike Lally (gangster), Fritz Leiber (chemest who poisoned his wife), Carl M. Leviness (citizen), Wilbur Mack (lawyer's aid), George Meeker (Mr. Bentley), Harold Miller (lawyer's aide), Georgie Nokes (little boy who gives Paul Munin a watch), William H. O'Brien (court spectator), Bob O'Connor (court spectator), Sarah Padden (Agatha), Joe Ploski (man in audience), Addison Richards (Big Harry), Frank J. Scannell (taxi driver), Lee Shumway (Bailiff), Duke Taylor (gangster), Jack Tornek (man in audience), Arthur Tovey (court spectator), Archie Twitchell (police sergeant), Ben Welden (Shaggsy), and Russ Whiteman (intern)

 

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Florida Never Smelled Like This . . .

When this movie was filmed, the working title was, "Me and Satan," but before it was released, they producers decided that a lot of people in small-town America would not pay money to see a movie about Satan, so the name was changed to 'Angel on my Shoulder."

What a difference a name makes - they didn't change any of the content, just the title, and it made all the difference in the world. Claude Rains, one of my favorite actors stars as Nick the devil and ruler of Hell.

Gangster Eddie Kagle, played by Paul Muni, one of the big screen's classic bad guys, gets out of prison, and his old partner promptly shoots him dead. He descends into Hell, where he hears a lady saying, "It's awful hot here, it must be Florida," to which the dead gangster responds with a snarl, "Florida never smelled like this!"

Claude Rains is Nick, the ruler of Hell, who discovers that dead gangster Eddie Kagle looks exactly like a Judge that the Devil wants to corrupt. So the Devil (Claude Rains), makes a deal with Eddie.

Eddie wants revenge on his pal Smiley, who killed him, and Nick the Devil wants an evil judge, so the Devil tells gangster Eddie that if he will take over the body of Judge Parker, a righteous man, he will then be able to go after the fellow that killed him.

So Eddie takes the Judge's body and the Devil waits with glee for the 'Judge' to start being 'bad.' Thanks to a very cleverly written script, the more the Judge tries to be evil, the more 'good' he becomes. Eddie has the Devil of a time trying to be Evil, even with the help of Satan himself. He may even be elected Governor and become a righteous man, despite the best efforts of the Devil himself. Maybe gangster Eddie Kagle will make his own Deal with the Devil before the closing credits.

No matter whether you are feeling naughty or nice right now, this feel-good movie will have you smiling your way through the rest of your day! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Kurt Katch as the Warden of Hell
Kurt Katch as the Warden of Hell
Paul Muni
Paul Muni
Addison Richards
Addison Richards
Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter and George Cleveland
Anne Baxter and George Cleveland
Anne Baxter and Onslow Stevens
Anne Baxter and Onslow Stevens
Anne Baxter, Paul Muni and George Cleveland
Anne Baxter, Paul Muni and George Cleveland
Anne Baxter and Paul Muni
Anne Baxter and Paul Muni
Anne Baxter and Paul Muni
Anne Baxter and Paul Muni
Anne Baxter kisses Paul Muni
Anne Baxter kisses Paul Muni
Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter and Paul Muni
Anne Baxter and Paul Muni
Anne Baxter
Anne Baxter
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains and Paul Muni
Claude Rains and Paul Muni
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Claude Rains and Paul Muni
Claude Rains and Paul Muni
Claude Rains and Paul Muni
Claude Rains and Paul Muni
Claude Rains
Claude Rains
Connie Laird and Paul Muni
Connie Laird and Paul Muni
Erskine Sanford
Erskine Sanford
George Cleveland
George Cleveland
George Cleveland and Anne Baxter
George Cleveland and Anne Baxter
George Cleveland and Paul Muni
George Cleveland and Paul Muni
George Cleveland
George Cleveland
George Meeker
George Meeker
Georgie Nokes
Georgie Nokes
Hardie Albright
Hardie Albright
Hardie Albright
Hardie Albright
James Flavin
James Flavin
James Flavin and Hardie Albright
James Flavin and Hardie Albright
James Flavin
James Flavin
Jonathan Hale
Jonathan Hale
Kurt Katch
Kurt Katch
Marion Martin and George Meeker
Marion Martin and George Meeker
Marion Martin
Marion Martin
Murray Alper
Murray Alper
Murray Alper
Murray Alper
Onslow Stevens
Onslow Stevens
Paul Muni
Paul Muni
Paul Muni and Anne Baxter
Paul Muni and Anne Baxter
Paul Muni and Edie Dunn
Paul Muni and Edie Dunn
Paul Muni and George Cleveland
Paul Muni and George Cleveland
Paul Muni and Hardie Albright
Paul Muni and Hardie Albright
Paul Muni and Mike Donovan
Paul Muni and Mike Donovan
Paul Muni
Paul Muni
Paul Muni and Anne Baxter
Paul Muni and Anne Baxter
Claude Rains
Claude Rains