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Devil vs. Paul Muni's 3 faces
- Will Fox
Reminiscent of "The Devil & Daniel Webster" (4 stars, 1941), "Angel on My Shoulder" (1946), features 2 famous actors in a battle of wits, playing a porcelain-pawn actress, previewing her Oscar-act in "All About Eve" (4 stars, 1950). "Eve" is a cynical look at life in the theater, featuring Bette Davis' #1 fan, Ann Baxter. "Angel" is an amusing, satirical look at life involving the political and legal, as well as the illegal life of a judge. His secretary/fianc is angelic Ann B. Paul Muni's 3 faces for the judge began in 1932 with Robert Louis Stevenson's surprisingly scientific story about "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," featuring Fredric March's good & bad characteristics in psychological & physical manifestations with good & persuadable women. Satan's script sends a sinner's soul, Muni's, a murdered felon from Hell to Earth to impersonate an honest judge, campaigning for governor, to do corrupt acts. So voters will think the judge is a hypocrite, and then vote for the seemingly lesser of two evils, a corrupt, actually mob-controlled gubernatorial candidate. So Satan's script sets up Hell on Earth in a series of scenes with moral decisions. Judge Muni's 3rd face shows in slapstick scenes, drunken stumbling, pawing persuadable Ann. Muni's moral moves are about DISCOVERY, ethics & what could be. In opening act, Hell is a cross between Dante's "Inferno" with no-naked torture-chamber victims in a fiery, coal-boiler room. Claude Rains' Satan would be more convincing if less cowardly in front of preachers. Ignored in 1946 by Oscar, today at imdb.com, "Angel" user ratings are 7 and mature women over 45 grade highest at 7.3 out of 10. Thanks WATCH TCM.
this movie beats all.
the story was inspiring..like a black bird singing in the dead of night. the timing of how everything came together..was like a moment that waited to arrive. the main character was some what bitter.. like a flavor of unpleasant nature.. such as pungent rotten herbs . mister..mean mustard would have been a better substitute for the soul than that. the character of the devil did not hide his love away ..for the main character. the people who were the intended victims of the devil needed help. they needed real help..not just any help. that independence they had ..just vanished in the haze. the main character was a bad guy.. but that felt like yesterday.. now suddenly ..felt so far away. the main character transformed himself..he journeyed deep..like he ..was on a ..magical..mystery ..sojourn ..or tour..of himself..or love. by the time it was all over.. he avoided the helter skelter of it all and the long and winding road of fate lead him to something special.yes..it was quite a story. oh..here comes the sun..so thank you tcm..for giving me a second chance to write a review for this movie..and that is from me to you.
Angel on my Shoulder
A gangster and Satan team up to ruin an honest judge's reputation. Muni is a murdered gangster who makes a deal with Rains' "Nick" to sabotage an honest judge's reputation by Muni inhabiting the man, falling for the judge's fiance. The story is predictable, which makes for a rather dull viewing with too many conveniently-timed plot elements. The performances are solid enough to keep interest in a lifeless story. I give it a 2.5/5.
Charming with an important message
First, did anyone else see the similarity in the last scene with Rains and Muni vs the last scene in Casablanca with Rains and Bogart? "This could be the start of a great friendship" kind of thing.I think they underplayed the role of the Pastor as he prepared his sermon. This was a very important part of the story and it was a bit too subtle. Muni helped to bring it out so the message was given.I liked the special effects, the dialogue and the sets. I was less enthusiastic about the rambling storyline. Rains soliloquy was terrific. Much better film than I was expecting.
- debbie crawford
Excellent because Paul Muni made it excellent! I loved this movie I am so happy that it is a part of my classic movie library. I have over 300 classic movies that I have taped over a span of 20 years, and have now transferred to DVD, thats why you see my name on TCM a lot, I am probably your biggest fan.I just don't like it when you show movies that were made after 1962. I only love the movies from 1934 - 1962. Classics forever.