“Angel on My Shoulder” is a 1946 fantasy film directed by Archie Mayo and starring Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, and Claude Rains.
The film follows the story of Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni), a small-time gangster who is murdered by his former partner in crime. Upon arriving in the afterlife, Eddie is greeted by the devil, Nick (Claude Rains), who offers to give him a chance at revenge by possessing the body of a respected judge named Frederick Parker.
Eddie agrees to Nick’s offer and possesses Parker’s body. He quickly begins to make a name for himself as a ruthless and corrupt judge, using his newfound power to settle old scores and make money. However, things take a turn when he falls in love with Barbara Foster (Anne Baxter), the fiancée of the man he was sent to avenge.
As Eddie struggles to balance his desire for revenge with his newfound love for Barbara, he begins to question his decisions and his allegiance to Nick. The film culminates in a dramatic showdown between Eddie, Nick, and Parker’s conscience, as Eddie is forced to confront the consequences of his actions.
“Angel on My Shoulder” is a clever and entertaining take on the classic Faustian tale, with strong performances from the cast and impressive special effects for its time.
Harry Segall, Roland Kibbee
Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains