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

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  29 October 1941 (USA)
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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. 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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The movie was officially nominated for Oscars under the title All That Money Can Buy. Other titles used for the film included, Mr. Scratch, Here is a Man, or Daniel and the Devil. The reason for the many different titles was so that the film would play in the American South, which was extremely socially conservative and ultra-religious. Films with the word devil in the title did not do well. Mainly, however, the name was changed so as not to be confused with The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) which was also released in 1941 and nominated for Oscars. See more »

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Characters in this film set in pre-Civil War America routinely use the phrase "loan shark" despite the fact that it came into the English language between 1900 and 1905. See more »

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Shows as a somewhat 'dark' film. Acting is great, espically the Devil (John Huston) and Webster (Ed Arnold). It's hard to believe someone might even like a devil, but Huston does seem to make his character somewhat 'human and likeable'...except in certain scenes. Farm family (IMO) is very realistic in time frame of film, except the devil deal making. Music (Bernard Herrmann-later most Hitchcock films) is excellent. Camera work excellent as well. It may be hard to find a good copy, running at 106 minutes. If the DVD (Criterion-Janus) gets released, some scenes cut, from previous 35 mm material was found on 16 mm prints. Criterion replaced these scenes, and quality (both audio and video) of the 16mm replaced scenes are easy to spot- sound is poor, video is grainy. But these problems do not hurt the story, and the movie is still tops.


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