The Devil and Daniel Webster


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Physical Desc
1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


General Note
Based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benét.
General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1941 under title All that money can buy; re-released later that year as The Devil and Daniel Webster; re-issued in 1952 in a shortened version as Daniel and the Devil.
General Note
Special features: audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and Bernard Herrmann biographer Stephen C. Smith; a reading of Benét's original short story by actor/director Alec Baldwin; comparison with an earlier preview version titled "Here is a man"; the Columbia Workshop's radio dramatization of the "Devil and Daniel Webster" and "The sea serpent"; the music of the film in an interactive essay by Christopher Husted; behind-the-scenes photos; essays by Tom Piazza and Benét.
Restrictions on Access
Educational and home use only.
Creation/Production Credits
Music, Bernard Herrmann ; director of photography, Joseph August ; editor, Robert Wise.
Walter Huston, Edward Arnold, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, James Craig, Anne Shirley, John Qualen, Jeff Corey, Gene Lockhart, Lindy Wade.
"Jabez Stone is a hard-working farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to do the unthinkable: bargain with the devil himself. In exchange for seven years of good fortune, Stone promises "Mr. Scratch" his soul. But when the troubled farmer begins to realize the error of his choice, he enlists the aid of the one man who might save him: the legendary orator and politician Daniel Webster. Directed with stylish flair by William Dieterle, The Devil and Daniel Webster brings the classic short story by Stephen Vincent Benet to life with inspired visuals, an unforgettable Oscar-winning score by Bernard Herrmann, and a truly diabolical performance from Walter Huston as the devil"--Container.
Having promised his soul to the Devil in exchange for good fortune, Jabez Stone asks the talented lawyer Daniel Webster to get him out of the bargain.
System Details
DVD; NTSC, Dolby digital mono.; RSDL dual-layer.
Includes English captions for the hearing impaired.
Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (Bernard Herrmann)

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APA Citation (style guide)

Dieterle, W., Benét, S. V., Totheroh, D., Arnold, E., Huston, W., Craig, J., Shirley, A., Simon, S., Darwell, J., Qualen, J., Corey, J., Lockhart, G., Wade, L., Herrmann, B., August, J. H., Wise, R., & Benét, S. V. (2003). The Devil and Daniel Webster . Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

William Dieterle et al.. 2003. The Devil and Daniel Webster. [New York]: Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

William Dieterle et al.. The Devil and Daniel Webster [New York]: Criterion Collection, 2003.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Dieterle, William, et al. The Devil and Daniel Webster Criterion Collection, 2003.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of August 2021. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.

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