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Angel on My Shoulder (1946)

Paul Muni , Anne Baxter , Archie Mayo  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Onslow Stevens, George Cleveland
  • Directors: Archie Mayo
  • Writers: Harry Segall, Roland Kibbee
  • Producers: Charles R. Rogers, David W. Siegel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305986975
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angel on My Shoulder" on IMDb

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Paul Muni gives another classic performance in this wonderful fantasy about a notorious gangster who is murdered by a double-crossing partner. While in Hell, he makes a deal with the Devil, played with relish by Claude Rains, to return to earth... only to double-cross him in the end. Bonus Features: Bonus classic 1940 RKO comedy two-reeler starring Leon Errol| Scene Selection| Actor Bios. Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital Mono; 100 minutes; B&W; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - NR; Year - 1946; SRP - $9.99.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars my 2 cents April 26, 2003
By Anita
This is a good story along the lines of "Here Comes Mr. Jordon", with a slight variation. But the DVD quality of the Gotham release is horrible. The picture quality is almost unwatchable and the un-even mono sound has a steady hissing all the way through the movie.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD QUALITY April 25, 2004
This VCI disc is good. The image is mostly crisp and clear, say above 90%. There are a few frames that are fuzzy and dull. There is no hissing or dropout in the sound. There is a comedy short with Leon Errol. It's image sound is also good.
As the other reviewers stated the story and acting are top-notch. Even on the short. I have one other VCI disc and there is a Leon Errol short on it. I had never heard of him. He is actually pretty funny.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away From Passport - Large "PIP" Logo On Screen April 19, 2006
Both Passport DVD's I've had the misfortune of viewing (this one & Plan 9 From Outer Space) have a large "PIP" logo on screen for the entire movie which is extremely distracting & unneccesary. For quality, get the Roan edition.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for All Generations October 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The popularity of "Angel on My Shoulder" spans seven decades. 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. The Devil gives him an opportunity to spend a few days back on Earth to seek revenge. While there, Eddie manages to redeem himself... much to the Devil's chagrin. It's a clever re-telling of Faust.

Both "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" and "Angel on My Shoulder" not only spoke to the era in which they were made, but also became classics in their own right. Despite the fact that "Angel" was produced during the tail end of World War II, it continues to be enjoyed by television and video rental audiences year after year. Its heartwarming comedy and central theme of redemption have stood the test of time.

Paul Muni plays the lead with much charm, while Claude Rains is a debonaire Devil. There's a few loose ends in the story's structure and non-organic characters whose only purpose is to serve a utility function. However, in the end the overall film delivers an entertaining viewing... and afterall, isn't that the bottom line?

Current rumor has it that a re-make is in the works with a major actor to play the lead. I personally can't wait to see the update.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROAN VS. VCI!!!!! February 16, 2009
By larryj1
Both Roan and VCI have pretty good prints of this film. It's a toss-up, so perhaps the special features might be the deciding point. The Roan disc has a Vincent Sherman interview which is also available on Roan's release of Underground. The VCI disc has a Leon Errol short which is also available on VCI's currently OOP Leon Errol comedy set. I'm going with the VCI disc because I already have Underground, and the VCI disc has a nicer cover. Even though the Roan disc lists the running time as 90 min., a side-by-side comparison shows it to be 100/101 min. as is the VCI disc. The film's running time matches the original running time, although I'm a little suspicious of the scene following the one in the judge's chamber. It starts in the middle of a word and looks like there could be a few seconds missing. But every print I've ever seen is the same as this.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gangster goes to Hell and meets the Devil. December 8, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you can't sleep or it's raining outside and you don't have to work tomorrow, here is a good late night movie to watch. Paul Muni plays a gangster, "Eddie", who has just been released after four years in prison. A gangster pal, "Smiley", picks him up in a car. Suddenly, Eddie is shot and he ends up in Hell. Claude Rains plays the Devil. The Devil decides to let Eddie go back up on Earth. He puts him in another body, a look-alike who is a Judge. All that Eddie can think of is getting even with Smiley for shooting him. But everyone else looks at him as The Judge who is not himself anymore. Ann Baxter plays "Miss Barbara".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ironic fantasy about gangster reprieved from Hell. March 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A brilliant dark comedy about a dead gangster restored to life in the body of an honorable man (his look-alike). Paul Muni plays the protagonist well, but the film is stolen by Claude Rains as the Devil---one of Rains's all-time best performances. It's an absorbing film, splendidly directed, with an intelligent script that's immensely funny. Deserves a new life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devil or the Angel? June 26, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
Paul Muni plays a gangster brought back to life after he was killed by another evil guy named Smiley Williams. Muni makes a deal with the devil (Claude Rains) and he's brought back as a man who's a judge running for governor! Muni doesn't know Cluade Rains is the devil because he just calls himself Nick, and he says he's an ex- con. Anne Baxter plays the fiancee of the judge and Muni likes her a lot. Lots of people see the change in Muni and soon are wondering if it really is him. There's one scene where Muni wants a drink of liquor and a cigar. But since he's now in the judge's body he coughs it up and feels horrible. Later, Muni finds out that Nick is the Devil and starts distrusting him. Somehow even thoguh this is a little serious, it is also quite funny. THis is a good movie! ENJOY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 days ago by Angelina Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars VCI Version Has Better Transfer Quality
I have both the Alpha Video print and the VCI version. The VCI is much, much better and highly recommended over the Alpha, which is grainy, dark, has no contrast, and is simply... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger Howerton
5.0 out of 5 stars ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER
Published 7 months ago by michael massimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic !
Claude Raines is diabolically brilliant. Paul Muni has some good scenes. Print quality is poor; film has never been restored.
Published 8 months ago by Jean Nevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness
Superior vintage movie that compliments the actors in their roles, the melodrama is just perfect throughtout, actors here that take their roles and act them with super performances... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lou Gmiter Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel
I saw this movie a long time ago. I enjoyed it then, as now. I think Paul Muni was a very good actor. Scarface comes to mind. TOM
Published 12 months ago by big ed
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil Takes A Holiday
"Angel On MY Shoulder" is a very enjoyable, well-crafted morality tale. The theme is focused on how a cheap hood gains some sense of integrity and honor after death. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tim Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Muni is Great
I've loved this movie since I saw it years ago (here replacing my VHS copy), of this excellent portrayal by Paul Muni as the dammed soul of a criminal returning to Earth to kill... Read more
Published 19 months ago by James J. Golke
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll be behind you, whispering in your ear. It's all part of the...
Seems to me that Paul Muni was one of those ambitious thespians we only ever saw in prestigious productions. Read more
Published 20 months ago by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars dealing with the devil
Gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is dead. Shot with own rod by the only man he ever trusted: Smiley Williams. Eddie wakes up in the Hell he never believed existed thinking its St. Read more
Published 21 months ago by hawkeye
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