World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Angel on My Shoulder (film)

Article Id: WHEBN0006121544
Reproduction Date:

Title: Angel on My Shoulder (film)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Archie Mayo, Paul Muni, Angel on My Shoulder, Matthew Higgins, Marion Martin
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Angel on My Shoulder (film)

Angel on My Shoulder
Original theatrical poster
Directed by Archie Mayo
Produced by Charles R. Rogers
Screenplay by Roland Kibbee
Story by Harry Segall
Starring Paul Muni
Anne Baxter
Claude Rains
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Asa Boyd Clark
Production
company
Premier Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 20, 1946 (1946-09-20) (US)
  • September 27, 1946 (1946-09-27) (UK[1])
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Angel on My Shoulder is a 1946 American fantasy film about a deal between the Devil and a dead man.

The film was an independent production, produced by Charles R. Rogers and David W. Siegel, directed by Archie Mayo, written by Harry Segall (who also wrote the screenplay for Here Comes Mr. Jordan and the play Heaven Can Wait) and Roland Kibbee, and released by United Artists. The film was Mayo's last before his retirement.

It starred Paul Muni, Anne Baxter and Claude Rains. The producer changed the original title, Me and Satan, when he concluded that the public would not see a film about the Devil.[2]

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Copyright status and remakes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Plot

After his release from prison, gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is killed by his partner in crime, Smiley Williams (Hardie Albright). Kagle ends up in Hell, where "Nick" (Claude Rains) offers him a chance to escape hell and avenge his own death in exchange for help with a problem. Kagle looks exactly like Judge Frederick Parker, an upright man who is causing Nick distress because he is entirely too honest. Nick fears that Parker may cause him more anxiety in future, as he is running for governor of his state. Nick wants to destroy Parker's reputation and Kagle readily agrees to have his soul transferred into Parker's body.

As soon as Kagle appears as Parker, odd things begin to happen. Kagle pursues his goal with evil intent (though often at cross purposes with the Devil), but everything he does to ruin the judge's reputation somehow results in making Parker look better. Along the way, Kagle falls in love with Barbara Foster (Anne Baxter), the judge's fiancée, causing him to question his whole outlook on life and eventually rebel against Nick.

Nick presents Kagle the opportunity to shoot Williams, but instead Kagle confronts the man with the truth. Shocked and frightened, Williams backs away and falls out an open window to his death.

Exasperated and defeated, Nick takes Kagle back to Hell, leaving Judge Parker in a much better position than before. Nick threatens to make the reformed man's punishment even more painful than usual, but Kagle blackmails his would-be tormentor; in return for not revealing Nick's blunders, Kagle wants to be made a trustee. Nick has no option but to agree to Kagle's demands.

Cast

Copyright status and remakes

The film is now in the public domain in the United States, because the producers, Rogers and Siegel, neglected to renew the copyright in 1973.

The film was remade for TV in the late 1970s, with Peter Strauss, Richard Kiley and Barbara Hershey in the lead roles. It was directed by veteran John Berry, as one of several TV movies he made in the 1970s and 1980s. It was first showed by ABC on 11 May 1980.[3]

An adaptation of the film was written and produced by Todd Baker around 2004.[4]

References

  1. ^ First film ad in The Times, 27 September 1946, page 6 - found via Times Digital Archive 2013-08-12
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.