The Devil and Daniel Webster
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 29, 1941
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sarah Boslaugh

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...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Excellent, high-class genre film.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

First-rate Americana

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Huston and Arnold are superb in this stirring blend of American and Faust.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Craig's performance is downright terrible, but old pros Arnold and Huston (who scored a Best Actor nomination) pick up the pace.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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!"… More
Devon Bott
Edward Arnold comes through again, this time as the legendary Daniel Webster, a lawyer and statesman who seemed more myth than man. Unfortunately, the bulk of… More
Anthony Valletta
Well made film with powerful imagery that somehow sticks in your mind for days. Still holds up.