The Devil and Daniel Webster

Closed Capationed Starring: Walter Huston Director: William Dieterle
The Devil and Daniel Webster
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Unrated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Before-and-After Comparison
    • Audio Commentary: Bruce Eder - Film Historian, Steven C. Smith - Author
    • Radio Spots:
      1. Radio adaptations of THE DEVIL & DANIEL WEBSTER
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Promotional Materials
    • Additional Text: Essay by author Tom Piazza

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring
Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Cinematography by
Produced by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1941 - Best Original Score: Bernard Herrmann

Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Demonic Possession | Devil / Demons | Essential Cinema | Hell | Recommended | Suspense | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • 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.

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  • Sales Rank: 83,191
  • UPC: 037429181423
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