The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)




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Noted for its devilish wit and wicked satire, The Devil and Daniel Webster is a faithful adaptation of Stephen Benet's distinguished short story of a struggling New England farmer who naively sells his soul for money and lives to regret it when he loses everything that ever really mattered to him. When he finally figures out that his greed has guaranteed him a truly horrible fate, he goes to the great lawyer Daniel Webster for assistance. Together they attend a trial held in the farmer's barn where Webster does his best to save his repentant client's soul. The film is also known as All That Money Can Buy and Daniel and the Devil.
Classics , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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James Craig
as Jabez
Edward Arnold
as Daniel Webster
Walter Huston
as Mr. Scratch
Anne Shirley
as Mary Stone
Jane Darwell
as Ma Stone
Gene Lockhart
as Squire Slossum
John Qualen
as Miser Stevens
Frank Conlan
as Sheriff
Lindy Wade
as Daniel Stone
George Cleveland
as Cy Bibber
H.B. Warner
as Justice Hawthorne
Jeff Corey
as Tom Sharp
Sonny Bupp
as Martin Van Aldrich
Eddie Dew
as Farmer
Alec Craig
as Eli Higgins
Carl Stockdale
as Van Brooks
Sarah Edwards
as Lucy Slossum
Patsy Doyle
as Servant
Anita Lee
as Infant
Harry Hood
as Tailor
Harry Humphrey
as Minister
Ferris Taylor
as President
Frank Austin
as Spectator
Jim Toney
as Another Farmer
Bob Pittard
as Clerk
Charles Herzinger
as Old Farmhand
Robert Strange
as Clerk of Court
Jim Farley
as Studio Gateman
Hazel Boyne
as Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Devil and Daniel Webster

All Critics (17)

This devil is fun, seductive, even, and he knows it-he's always immensely pleased with himself, and he doesn't need to pressure anyone to do business with him...

Full Review… | June 23, 2012

Juxtapose the name of a true-life nineteenth-century orator, attorney and senator with the Biblical personification of evil, and you capture something of the strange mix here of social realism and moralising mythology

February 26, 2009
Little White Lies

It's the heavy Teutonic Faust, but made American lite in this supernatural tale.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Excellent, high-class genre film.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

William Dieterle's entertaining version of the noted Stephen Vincent Benet's story, about the Devil and Daniel Webster features a strong, Oscar nominated performance by Walter Huston.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005

A wonderful masterpiece. Walter Huston has a devilishly good time!

November 16, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Devil and Daniel Webster

Simple, fantastic, and starring quite the rendition of the devil, "The Devil & Daniel Webster" is a delightfully off-putting classic.

Sean Michael Smith
Sean Michael Smith

A New Hampshire sodbuster is up against the ropes and feeling it when he makes an errant oath: "I'd sell my soul for two cents if I could!" Enter His Most Despicable Oneness (charmingly sleezy as rendered by Walter Huston) and trouble comes with him. Who can save the day? Very nearly post expressionist German in style and substance this creative fantasy has stood the test of time gracefully.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Well made film with powerful imagery that somehow sticks in your mind for days. Still holds up.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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