The Devil & Daniel Webster (All That Money Can Buy)
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The Devil & Daniel Webster (All That Money Can Buy)
This classic fantasy was based on a story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Jabez Stone (James Craig) is a simple New England farmer who has been suffering from a long run of bad luck. One day he mutters that he'd sell his soul for a little money and a decent crop. Moments later, who should appear but The Evil One himself, Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston). Scratch offers Stone seven years of wealth and good fortune in exchange for his soul; Stone, assuming it's some sort of joke, agrees. Soon Stone's fields are plentiful and money is rolling in, but his financial success comes with a price; he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Excellent, high-class genre film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"First-rate Americana"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Spooky, light-hearted, and never less than a joy to watch"
‑ Jake Euker,
"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"
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Huston and Arnold are superb in this stirring blend of American and Faust."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Wonderfully made fantasy that strangely leaves me cold."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's the heavy Teutonic Faust, but made American lite in this supernatural tale."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A wonderful masterpiece. Walter Huston has a devilishly good time!"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Craig's performance is downright terrible, but old pros Arnold and Huston (who scored a Best Actor nomination) pick up the pace."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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