The Claude Rains Blogathon – Angel on My Shoulder (1946)


This is the final of 3 posts dedicated to The Claude Rains Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“Some folks are rather reluctant to cast their votes for lunatics. ” – Dr. Matt Higgins

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a gangster is killed and sent to Hell, he makes a pact with the Devil himself in order to return to Earth in a new body as long as he fulfills the DEvil’s wishes.

My Take on it – When seeking a third and final film to watch for this blogathon, I once again went with one that I had never heard of beforehand and hoped for the best along the way.

Unfortunately, this is the weakest of the 3 films that I chose, but it still manages to give us a very interesting and intriguing premise that seems to be great at face vaue

The problem is that the story itself is a bit weak and meanders along a bit too much throughout.

The casting of Paul Muni and Claude Rains in the leads was a great choice because the two of them work so well together.

The fact that the storyline itself gets a bit far fetched takes away from the enjoyment of this film.

The dialogue between the characters is written quite well and there are some great scenes where their conversation is able to raise lots of questions about life and the afterlife.

Anne Baxter is a pretty good actress, but her performance in this film is a bit weak and she has trouble standing her own ground while being around these two powerful leading men.

Bottom Line –  Intriguing premise that seems to be great at face value, but the story itself meanders along too much in order to stay enjoyable. Rains and Muni are great together and they help make their characters seem somewhat real even if things get a bit too far fetched along the way.  The dialogue between the characters is written quite well and the conversation that we get to hear raise lots of questions about the way the afterlife perhaps works. Baxter is a great actress in general, but her performance here is a bit weak and it doesn’t feel as if she can stand her own against the two main actors here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After his definitive performance in Scarface (1932), Paul Muni vowed never to play a gangster again. This tactic worked well for a couple of years, with an Academy Award for The Life of Emile Zola (1937) and an Oscar nomination for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), but eventually the good parts started to dwindle. By 1946, Muni was keen to play a major role again, so took the part of a gangster in this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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