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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 »
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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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Thomas Mitchell was originally cast as Daniel Webster. While filming a carriage ride scene with young actor Lindy Wade, Mitchell lost control of the horses and was thrown from the carriage. He suffered a fractured skull and was in the hospital for 17 weeks, but made a full recovery. Director William Dieterle recast Edward Arnold in the role with one day's notice. All of Mitchell's scenes as Daniel Webster had to then be re-shot with Arnold.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Jabez comments on the full moon, the moon shaped light in the sky is obviously not in the full moon phase.See more »
Quotes:
Jabez Stone:Money's a funny thing ain't it, Ma?
Ma Stone:I figure it depends a mite on how you get it and how you spend it.
Jabez Stone:But I don't spend any.
Ma Stone:But you should, son. That's all it's good for.
Jabez Stone:Do you really think that?
Ma Stone:That's just common sense. Now a man like Daniel Webster: guess they pay him high for what he does, but he's worth it. And he helps others... makes all the difference.
Jabez Stone:I know. But suppose a man got his money in bad ways?
Ma Stone:Wouldn't profit him none. You see, son: I'm old and I've lived. When a man gets his money in bad way... when he sees the better course and takes the worse... then the devil's in his heart. And that fixes him.
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30 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
My favorite movie, 3 August 2003

Why would someone who has thoroughly enjoyed movies such as "Judge Dredd" and "Wild at Heart" consider this to be "my favorite movie"?

One word - "fantasy". It's my favorite movie category, and this is the best one that I've ever seen. The 1940s was the decade in which horror melodramas and fantasies really began to ramp up, and this movie helped to set the standard. Stephen Vincent Benet's story is a bit changed, but not enough to diminish this American Gothic tale.

Aside from being superior entertainment, the movie simply has no weaknesses. Where to start? The casting and acting are extraordinary. Though both are most often remembered for other movies, Edward Arnold and Walter Huston turn in their best performances here. Simone Simon (known today for the "Cat People" movies) is exceptional as Belle. Anne Shirley, James Craig, and the stellar supporting cast are also great.

This is Bernard Herrmann's best film score. William Dieterle's direction is quirky and involving, propelling the film along at a fast clip. Admittably, the characters are caricatures, but Dieterle helps us to feel their trials and tribulations. The movie also features brilliant cinematography, exceptional production values, and truly superior editing (this was an early job for director Robert Wise). The scenes are quite stagey, but never disjointed - the logic of the story is unmistakable and riveting.

Huston is the ultimate "Mr. Scratch". I've seen this show many times, and it's a 10/10.

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