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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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The film was shot on studio sets, with optical effects, art direction, and striking cinematography helping to create the mix of earthy location and supernatural atmosphere. See more »

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When Webster falls asleep in the carriage in Cross Corners, the position of his hand and arm changes. See more »

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[in Jabez' empty mansion]
Belle: I see why you're here. You knew no one was coming.
Mary Stone: No, I didn't.
Belle: You're lying.
Mary Stone: Lying, to you? How could I.
Belle: Don't you know that you're in my house?
Mary Stone: I do, and you could show me the door. You would, too, if you weren't still hoping the guests might arrive.
Belle: You think you're so smart, Mrs. Stone. You wanted to be near Jabez. It looked like your big chance tonight, but you're wrong. You can't win him back. Not that way.
Mary Stone: That's MY problem.
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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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