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Devil's Partner (1961)

An old man sells his soul to the devil, and turns into a young man. He then uses witchcraft and black magic to win a woman from his rival.



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An old man sells his soul to the devil, and turns into a young man. He then uses witchcraft and black magic to win a woman from his rival.

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Half man, half beast--he sold his soul for passion!







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September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enter the Devil  »

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Writer Stanley Clements played Stash starting in the Eastside Kid comedy, Smart Alecks (1942). When Leo Gorcey left the Bowery Boys in 1955, Clements was cast as Duke Coveleskie starting in Fighting Trouble (1956) and ending in 1958 when the series completed its run. See more »


Sheriff Tom Fuller: Doesn't make sense, a hunk of beef killing a man like Doctor Marx.
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Creepy, Effective, Low Budget "Twilight Zone" Era Shocker
1 August 2009 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

"Devil's Partner" is one of the few movies I have seen in a long, long time that actually managed to creep me out. The way to see it is all alone in a darkened house in the middle of the night when you can really let it's atmosphere sink in. There's one scene in particular where someone turns out to not be whom he originally said he was, and under the right circumstances it will send shivers up & down the spine of even the most hardened horror movie fan.

It's also deceptively tightly plotted. Turn away at the wrong critical minute and you might lose track of the plot as it arcs it's way in and out of what now seems to be familiar material. The film even gives away it's big secret within the first fifteen minutes but still manages to hold viewer interest for another hour as it unfolds like a nightmare. And one with a creepy musical score played on what sounds like one of those Ondes-Martenot electronic keyboards.

True the low budget & television stock acting probably works against the overall effect, but if you look beneath it you'll find a very demented little study on Southwestern American supernatural horror that would be revisited again & again: "Race With The Devil" (1975), "Brotherhood Of Satan" (1971), "Enter The Devil" (1972), "The Devil's Rain" (1974) all took a cue from "The Devil's Partner". Which was made just as the Italians were exporting their Gothic horrors from Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, and Antonio Margheriti. The Europeans had their Gothic castles and misty cobweb filled catacombs, we had the equally Gothic arid, barren Southwest. It would be interesting to trace where the American horror tradition of Southwestern settings began.

Others have summed up the plot elements well enough: A youngish, super-slick and super nice guy drifts into a Death Valley town looking for his ne're do well uncle and everything goes straight to hell, and quickly. What makes it work is the way the film was constructed, including the sharp black & white photography making the night scenes lit by the stark lighting more unsettling than it would have been in color. I also mentioned "Twilight Zone" in my header because the pacing of the film is very reminiscent of that show, as are the themes of urban satire, ironic vengeance, and ironic justice.

Just watch the movie. It's only 72 minutes long and a public domain title so you can probably see it online for free. It's turned up on budget line $.50 cent DVDs at the dollar store (under the title "Enter The Devil"; somebody screwed up) and on those ridiculous 50 movie bargain sets. Worth it just to be completely freaked out for those precious few minutes, if you let it.


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