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The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

All That Money Can Buy (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 17 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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Bernard Herrmann's score makes extensive use of traditional American folk tunes, a practice that was something of a popular trend in the American classical music scene of the 1930s and early 1940s. One song he adapted was the early 19th Century "Springfield Mountain", describing the plight of a farmer. When his erstwhile friend Aaron Copland used the same tune in his 1942 concert piece "Lincoln Portrait", Herrmann reportedly sent him a hot letter accusing Copland of plagiarism. See more »

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Shortly after filming had begun, Thomas Mitchell fractured his skull and was replaced by 'Edward Arnold'. Not many scenes had been shot, none were re-shot, so Mitchell is still visible in some scenes. 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 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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