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The Devil And Daniel Webster DVD


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.

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US morality tale from director William Dieterle, based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. In the farmlands of New Hampshire in 1840, struggling farmer Jabez Stone (James Craig) cries out in exasperation that he would sell his soul for some money and a decent crop. To his amazement, Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston) appears and offers to trade seven years of prosperity in exchange for that very item. Jabez thinks the whole thing is a joke and accepts willingly. Riches soon come his way but, when Mr. Scratch returns to collect his debt, Jabez has to call on well-known orator Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) to lead the fight to save his soul.

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