The Devil and Daniel Webster (film)

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The Devil and Daniel Webster is a 1941 film about a nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success and then enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract.

Directed by William Dieterle. Written by Stephen Vincent Benét and Dan Totheroh, based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benét.


Scratch: Captain Kidd, he killed men for gold. Simon Girty, the renegade; he burned men for gold. Governor Dale, he broke men on the wheel. Asa, the Black Monk, he choked them to death. Floyd Ireson and Stede Bonnet, the fiendish butchers. Walter Butler, the king of the massacre. Big and Little Harpe, robbers and murderers. Teach, the cutthroat. Morton, the vicious lawyer. And General Benedict Arnold, you remember him, no doubt.
Daniel Webster: A jury of the damned.
Scratch: Dastards, liars, traitors, knaves.
Daniel Webster: This is monstrous.
Scratch: You asked for a jury trial, Mr. Webster. Your suggestion – the quick or the dead.
Daniel Webster: I asked for a fair trial.
Scratch: Americans all.


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