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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
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Optical printing was also used to create the effect of Jabez's ax bursting into flame mid-air after his frustrated attempt to chop down the tree with his contract date burned into it. The ax was thrown in one shot, a still image of an ax was matted in, and optical printing added flame effects to that. See more »
When Webster falls asleep in the carriage in Cross Corners, the position of his hand and arm changes. See more »
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the devil, we'd better give this country back to the Indians.
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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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