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The Devil and Daniel Webster

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Original title
The Devil and Daniel Webster (All That Money Can Buy)
Year
Running time
112 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Dan Totheroh, Stephen Vincent Benet
Music
Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography
Joseph August (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
William Dieterle Productions
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
William Dieterle adapts Stephen Vincent Benet's transformation of the Faust legend from the tale of an aging genius to that of struggling New Hampshire farmer Jabez Stone, played by James Craig. When Stone absently exclaims that he would sell his soul for a little money and a decent crop, up pops the Mephistophelean Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston). Thinking the whole thing a joke, Stone takes Scratch up on his offer of seven years of prosperity in return for his soul. As Stone's fortunes change and his coffers swell, so does his character. He mutates into a hard, avaricious tyrant, nearly enslaving as tenant famers the neigbors who had been his friends. Ignoring his kind and patient wife, Mary (Anne Shirley), he takes a mistress, Belle (Simone Simon), builds her a mansion, and even allows her to raise his son. When Scratch comes to collect his debt, the terrified Stone realizes his error and begs legendary New Hampshire lawyer and politician Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) for help.
Awards
1941: Oscar: Best OST (Drama). 2 Nominations
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