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Angel on My Shoulder

4.1 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305986975
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Angel on My Shoulder" on IMDb

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By Anita on April 26, 2003
Format: DVD
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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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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Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on October 3, 2003
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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Format: DVD
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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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 unwatchable. The VCI has great picture and audio.

Thanks to all of you who write helpful reviews of the quality of transfer of the classics on DVD. You are much appreciated!
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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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A Kid's Review on June 26, 2002
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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