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Angel on My Shoulder

Angel on My Shoulder(1946)

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The film's working title was Me and Satan. The film begins with the following written foreword: "This story is about Eddie Kagle, who based his way of living on what Omar Khayyam once said: 'Live fully while you May and reckon not the cost.'" A August 15, 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that the filmmakers wanted Ann Dvorak to star in the film. A June 16, 1946 New York Times news item notes that actors Paul Muni and Claude Rains and director Archie Mayo all suffered from the flu during production, which prolonged shooting time from the scheduled nine weeks to thirteen weeks. Clarence Eurist replaced Jack Sullivan as assistant director when the latter died unexpectedly. The face of the character of "Frederick Parker" is only seen when inhabited by "Eddie's" soul. Harry Segall, who receives original story credit on this film, also wrote the original story for the 1941 Columbia film Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which had a very similar plot (see below). Angel on My Shoulder was remade for television in 1980. That film was directed by John Berry and starred Peter Strauss.