In this fantastical comedy classic, the Devil sends a deceased gangster back to Earth on a nefarious errand. Upon release from prison, notorious gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is killed by his partner in crime Smiley Williams (Hardie Albright), sending him straight to hell. Once arrived, "Nick" (Claude Rains) offers Eddie the opportunity to escape and take revenge against Smiley—in exchange for a favor. Eddie is returned to earth in the body of the well-respected Judge Frederick Parker (Muni), whose reputation Nick is hellbent on ruining (and who bears a striking resemblance to the hoodlum). But along the way, Eddie becomes acquainted with the judge's fiancée, Barbara Foster (Anne Baxter). He falls head over heels in love with her, causing him to question his whole outlook on his previous life.