A murdered gangster, Eddie Kugel played by Paul Muni, is sent to Hell. After a few escape attempts, Eddie is told by Satan that if he will inhabit the body of a good judge back on earth and start blocking justice from being served, he can win back his soul. Eddie does so, thinking to revenge himself on the man who murdered him, his old gangster underling. Try as he might however, Eddie is unable to cause any mischief and even his plot to revenge himself upon his old buddy doesnt work out. To make things worse, he also falls in love with the judges fiancée, played by Ann Baxter. Once Satan sees that his plan isnt working, he comes back to earth to recapture the now somewhat reformed Eddie. Eddie wont go until his gets a promise from Satan that the judge and his fiancée wont come to any harm.