The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) - Trailer
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Comedy
Cast: Bob Burns, Walter Baldwin, Jeff Corey, Thomas Mitchell, Virginia Williams, Edward Arnold, Harry Humphrey, Patricia Doyle, George Cleveland, Harry Hood, John Qualen, Anita Lee, Simone Simon, Robert Pittard, Eddie Dew, June Preston, Horace B. Carpenter, Stewart Richards, Robert Strange, Joan Delmer, Sherman Sanders, Carl Stockdale, Robert Dudley, Jim Toney, Charles Herzinger, Walter Huston, Hazel Boyne, Frank Conlan, Jane Darwell, Lindy Wade
Director(s): William Dieterle
Trailer: The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
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.
Available on DVD from http://www.classicfilmsdirect.com from 25/07/2016
A classic morality tale, William Dieterle's The Devil and Daniel Webster, combines European expressionism with quintessential Americana and is based on a short story by celebrated author Stephen Vincent Benét. Echoing the legend of Faust, a poor farmer Jabez Stone (James Craig) makes a pact with the devil for seven years of prosperity in return for his soul. When the devil incarnate Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston) comes a-calling, Stone begins to have second thoughts, enlisting famed orator and folk hero Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) to fight what becomes a case of life and death. The Devil and Daniel Webster won an Oscar for Best music score and Huston was nominated for Best Actor.
William Dieterle via Screenbound Pictures
Synopsis: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.