Review: ‘Angel on My Shoulder’

Angel on My Shoulder deals with Satan's efforts to best his Heavenly adversary at least once. He uses as a tool for the attempt a gangster who wants revenge on the pal who bumped him off.

Angel on My Shoulder deals with Satan’s efforts to best his Heavenly adversary at least once. He uses as a tool for the attempt a gangster who wants revenge on the pal who bumped him off.

Paul Muni is the murdered gangster, turning in performance that measures up to past credits and giving film plenty of zip. Awakening in hell after being bumped, Muni wants out so he can get revenge on his killer. Claude Rains, as Satan, sees chance to even things with a crime-busting earthly judge who’s the double for Muni. Old Nick offers Muni opportunity to get his killer if he’ll queer the judge’s political halo. It’s a deal, the two take off for earth and the fun starts.

Rains shines as the Devil, shading the character with a likeable puckishness good for both sympathy and chuckles. Anne Baxter is excellent as the troubled fiancee.

Angel on My Shoulder

Production

United Artists. Director Archie Mayo; Producer Charles R. Rogers; Writer Harry Segall, Roland Kibbee; Camera James Van Trees Editor George Arthur, Asa Clark; Music Dimitri Tiomkin Art Bernard Herzbrun

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Paul Muni Anne Baxter Claude Rains George Cleveland Onslow Stevens
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