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Director:
Writers:
Stephen Vincent Benet (story)
Dan Totheroh (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 October 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A GREAT MOTION PICTURE DARES TO BE DIFFERENT! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Devil Is No Match for an American Politician See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Arnold ... Daniel Webster

Walter Huston ... Mr. Scratch

Jane Darwell ... Ma Stone

Simone Simon ... Belle

Gene Lockhart ... Squire Slossum

John Qualen ... Miser Stevens

H.B. Warner ... Justice John Hathorne
Frank Conlan ... Sheriff
Lindy Wade ... Daniel Stone
George Cleveland ... Cy Bibber

Anne Shirley ... Mary Stone
James Craig ... Jabez Stone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Alland ... Guide (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Spectator (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Hank (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Hazel Boyne ... Woman (uncredited)
Sonny Bupp ... Martin Van Buren Aldrich (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Jabez Stone's Guest at Party (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Tom Sharp (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Eli Higgins (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Farmer (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle ... Servant (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Lem (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Lucy Slossum (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Wife (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Studio Gateman (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Charles Herzinger ... Old Farmhand (uncredited)
Harry Hood ... Tailor (uncredited)
Harry Humphrey ... Reverend (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Husband (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Anita Lee ... Infant (uncredited)

Thomas Mitchell ... Daniel Webster in some long shots (uncredited)

Robert Pittard ... Clerk (uncredited)
June Preston ... Little Blonde Girl (uncredited)
Stewart Richards ... Doctor (uncredited)
Sherman Sanders ... Caller (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Van Brooks (uncredited)
Robert Strange ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... President (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Farmer (uncredited)
Virginia Williams ... Baby (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Dieterle 
 
Writing credits
Stephen Vincent Benet  story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" &
Dan Totheroh  screenplay and
Stephen Vincent Benet  screenplay

Produced by
William Dieterle .... producer
Charles L. Glett .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (director of photography) (as Joseph August)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Wise 
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Alfred Herman .... associate art director (as Al Herman)
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound recordist
James G. Stewart .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Berneis .... dialogue director
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"All That Money Can Buy" - USA (original title)
"A Certain Mr. Scratch" - USA (alternative title)
"Daniel and the Devil" - USA (reissue title)
"Mr. Scratch" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
107 min | USA:85 min (cut version)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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The character Judge John Hathorne was one of the judges at the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. He was also the only one that never apologized to the victim's families. His descendant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, changed the spelling of his surname in order to appear not so closely related to such an infamous ancestor.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The young boy who climbs onto Daniel Webster's carriage to see if Webster has horns and a tail tells Webster that his name is Martin Van Buren Aldrich, son of the only Democrat in town. Obviously, he is supposed to have been named after President Martin Van Buren, a Democrat. However, the chronology of this doesn't add up. This scene takes place in 1840, which was Van Buren's last full year in office in his single four-year term as President (1837-1841). The child is clearly about 12 or so (actor Sonny Bupp, who played the role, was 13 at the time of filming). It is almost inconceivable in these circumstances that a man in New Hampshire would have named his son after Martin Van Buren since, at the approximate time of the boy's birth in the late 1820s, Van Buren was a successful but still relatively obscure politician who would have been little known and of no particular consequence to anyone living outside his home state of New York.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Scratch:[Jabez, after noticing that one of Mr. Scratch's victims is now the size of a fly, asks him how big their souls are] Oh, I see what you mean; why, they vary... Now, in your case, I could probably keep you in my vest pocket.See more »
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The Devil Is No Match for an American Politician, 29 April 2005
Author: evanston_dad from United States

This film could never work now, because Americans are far too cynical to accept a politician beating the Devil in a battle of morals. Now the politician would be in the Devil's hip pocket. "The Devil and Daniel Webster" is a creepy, effective little morality tale about a farmer who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for prosperity and the politician who ends up defending him and winning it back.

What seemed startling in 1941 feels mostly creaky by today's standards, but there are still some fresh moments of film making in this one. William Dieterle was obviously open to experimentation when it comes to the use of cinematography and sound, and the movie has a striking visual look. The plot is mostly connect the dots, and there are no real surprises, but I don't know that one watches a morality tale for surprises in the first place.

Walter Huston is extremely creepy as the Devil (aka Mr. Scratch). He received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance even though, based on sheer screen time, he really has more of a supporting role. But he's so effective when on screen that his presence dominates the film even when he's physically absent, which probably accounts for the lead nomination.

Edward Arnold is pretty good too as Daniel Webster. Also standing out is Jane Darwell (Ma Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath") as a hardened farm mother.

Parts of this film have a wicked sense of humour, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The trial at the end (with a literal jury of the damned), is especially amusing.

On a sidenote, the film was successful in capturing the 1941 Academy Award for Best Dramatic Score.

Don't expect to see any points made that haven't already been made a thousand times in a thousand other movies, but enjoy the originality of the film technique on display.

Grade: A-

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