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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic for All Generations

    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 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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