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The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
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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 <>

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29 October 1941 (USA)  »

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Daniel Webster: Gentlemen of the jury, tonight it is my privilege to address a group of men I've long been acquainted with in song and story, but men I had never hoped to see. My worthy opponent, Mister Scratch, called you Americans all. Mister Scratch is right. You were Americans all. Oh, what a heritage you were born to share. Gentlemen of the jury, I envy you, for you were present at the birth of a mighty union. It was given to you to hear those first cries of pain and behold the shining babe, born of blood...
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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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