Gangster Eddie Kagle (Paul Muni) is bumped off by his partner Smiley Williams when he gets out of prison. Eddie ends up in Hades, which he doesn’t like one bit. His bad behavior brings him to the attention of Nick (Mephistopholes, played by Claude Rains), who proposes a deal. A crusading Judge Parker is trying to stamp out evil and is planning on running for Governor. If Eddie helps destroy the judge, Nick will help Eddie get even with Smiley. Since Eddie is Judge Parker’s double, Nick devises a simple plan to put Eddie’s soul in the Judge’s body in the hope that he will do bad things to ruin the Judge’s bid for high office. However, Judge Parker’s beautiful fiancée, Barbara Foster (Anne Baxter), confounds Nick’s scheme by making Eddie see the merits of doing good.