- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 30, 2003
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Before-and-After Comparison
- Audio Commentary: Bruce Eder - Film Historian, Steven C. Smith - Author
- Radio Spots:
- Radio adaptations of THE DEVIL & DANIEL WEBSTER
- Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Promotional Materials
- Additional Text: Essay by author Tom Piazza
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1941 -
Best Original Score: Bernard Herrmann
USA Today - 02/13/1992
"...It still has Joseph August's shadowy photography, Bernard Herrmann's Oscar-winning score and Stephen Vincent Benet's yarn....A masterwork..."
Transplanting the Faust legend to the soil of New Hampshire, the film stars James Craig as Jabez Stone, a struggling farmer who one day, out of frustration, inadvertently summons the devil, incarnated as the mischievous Mr. Scratch. The Prince of Darkness offers him seven years of prosperity in exchange for his soul, and, considering the deal a joke, the farmer accepts. The seven years of good fortune turn the farmer into a cold, grasping tyrant who turns his back on all he had loved. When payment comes due, terrified, he realized his error and calls upon the legendary lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster to defend him in court against Mr. Scratch.
Demonic Possession |
Devil / Demons |
Essential Cinema |
- William Dieterle appeared as an actor in Murnau's FAUST.
- Thomas Mitchell was replaced in the role of Webster because of a broken leg.
- The film shares some members of Welles's Mercury Theatre team, including actors William Alland and Sonny Bupp, as well as editor Robert Wise and composer Bernard Herrmann.