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The Devil and Daniel Webster

William Dieterle

 
The Devil and Daniel Webster (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1941
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #214

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. For seven years of good fortune, Stone promises “Mr. Scratch” his soul when the contract ends. 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 Benét to life with inspired visuals, an unforgettable Oscar-winning score by Bernard Herrmann, and a truly diabolical performance from Walter Huston.

Cast

Daniel WebsterEdward Arnold
Mr. ScratchWalter Huston
Ma StoneJane Darwell
BelleSimone Simon
Squire SlossumGene Lockhart
Miser StevensJohn Qualen
Mary StoneAnne Shirley
Jabez StoneJames Craig

Credits

ProducerWilliam Dieterle
DirectorWilliam Dieterle
Associate producerCharles L. Glett
ScreenplayDan Totheroh and Stephen Vincent Benét
Short story byStephen Vincent Benét
Music composed and conducted byBernard Herrmann
Director of photographyJoseph August
Art directorVan Nest Polglase
Associate art directorAl Herman
Special effects byVernon L. Walker
Costumes byEdward Stevenson
Set decorations byDarrell Silvera
Recorded byHugh McDowell Jr. and James G. Stewart
EditingRobert Wise
Assistant directorArgyle Nelson
Dialogue directorPeter Berneis

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and Bernard Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith
  • Reading of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short story “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by acclaimed actor/director Alec Baldwin
  • Comparison between The Devil and Daniel Webster and the earlier preview version of the film, Here Is a Man
  • The Columbia Workshop’s radio dramatizations of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short stories “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent,” both featuring music by Bernard Herrmann
  • The music of The Devil and Daniel Webster, presented in an interactive essay by Christopher Husted of Bernard Herrmann’s estate
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional materials
  • New essay by author Tom Piazza and a reprinted article by Benét
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Jennifer Lui

Film Essays

The Devil and Daniel Webster:
The Devil Gets The Best Lines

By Tom PiazzaSeptember 29, 2003

Director William Dieterle’s 1941 film adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short story, “The . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Devil and Daniel Webster

By Bruce EderJanuary 13, 1992

Few films have had as exalted, or as tumultuous, a history as The Devil and Daniel Webster. . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

The Devil and Daniel Webster:
The Devil Gets The Best Lines

By Tom PiazzaSeptember 29, 2003

Director William Dieterle’s 1941 film adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short story, “The . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Devil and Daniel Webster

By Bruce EderJanuary 13, 1992

Few films have had as exalted, or as tumultuous, a history as The Devil and Daniel Webster. . . . Read more »

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