The Devil and Daniel Webster

The Devil and Daniel Webster

William Dieterle (1941)

101min
A Certificate
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Variously known as All That Money Can Buy and The Devil and Daniel Webster, this features a fine musical score that rightly won an Academy Award for composer Bernard Herrmann (Citizen Kane, Psycho). Would that the rest of the movie were as good. It's that hoary old Faust tale again, with New England farmer James Craig (wholly inadequate and utterly charmless) selling his soul to scene-stealing, wicked Walter Huston's Mr Scratch. Lawyer Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) is hijacked into the story to plead Craig's case. There's one particularly strange expressionistic banquet sequence, where all the guests have sold their souls to Satan, but this is a rigidly humourless and prosaic telling of an old, old story. It has many admirers, but, truth to tell, it hasn't really worn very well.

Summary

Acclaimed fantasy drama about a luckless 19th-century New England farmer (James Craig) who tires of his bad fortune and sells his soul to the Devil (Walter Huston, in a scene-stealing performance). However, it's not long before the suddenly prosperous gent realises he's made a terrible mistake - and hires a top-class lawyer to plead his case and win his property back. Edward Arnold, Jane Darwell and Gene Lockhart also star.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Webster Edward Arnold
Mr Scratch Walter Huston
Jabez Stone James Craig
Ma Stone Jane Darwell
Belle Simone Simon
Squire Slossum Gene Lockhart
Miser Stevens John Qualen
Sheriff Frank Conlan
Daniel Stone Lindy Wade
Cy Bibber Geo Cleveland
Mary Stone Anne Shirley
Justice Hawthorne H B Warner
Cinematographer Joseph H August
Director William Dieterle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: DVD
Drama