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The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
"All That Money Can Buy" (original title)

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A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract.

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A down-on-his-luck farmer makes a deal with the devil for seven years of prosperity. When Mr. Scratch comes to collect, orator and hero of the common man Daniel Webster comes to the rescue. Based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Also known as "All That Money Can Buy." Written by Little Pine Weasel <kristinat@cerritos.edu>

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A GREAT MOTION PICTURE DARES TO BE DIFFERENT! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

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29 October 1941 (USA)  »

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A Certain Mr. Scratch  »

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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 2, 1949 with Walter Huston reprising his film role under the play title "ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY". See more »

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When Jabez comments on the full moon, the moon shaped light in the sky is obviously not in the full moon phase. See more »

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Mr. Scratch: [reading from his list] Sherwin, Slaterly, Stevens - I can cross him off the list, he's an old customer...
[something like a moth flies out of his handkerchief toward Jabez]
Miser Stevens' Voice: [faint] Help me, Jabez Stone! Help me!
Jabez Stone: That's Miser Stevens' voice!
Mr. Scratch: [catching it] Miser Stevens' soul, I'm sorry for the disturbance.
Jabez Stone: But he isn't dead, he's dancing! He's in there!
Mr. Scratch: He was.
[Jabez runs into the ballroom and sees Stevens' body stretched out]
Mr. Scratch: In the midst of life, one really hates to close these long standing ...
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a gem of a film
19 October 2000 | by (brick nj) – See all my reviews

This film is one of the finest fansties that were turned out by the Hollywood system in the 1940's. The greatest of the film laids in the two performances of Edward Arnold-as Daniel Webster-and Walter Huston as the Devil. Arnold's Webster is a great,but, flawed man, who is willing to put his very soul on the line, to help a fellow American . Huston's is the model for every conman in history. He always waits until his target is at his or hers weaks moment and he strikes. The music, by the master Bernard Herrmman, is wonderful.

The very ending, not the trial section, is frighten me as a kid and still is eerie.


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