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342 Ratings

The Devil and Daniel Webster

All That Money Can Buy

Directed by William Dieterle
United States, 1941
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


After a streak of bad luck tempts a hard-working farmer to bargain with the Devil, he enlists the aid of the legendary orator and politician Daniel Webster. William Dieterle’s stylish film features an unforgettable score by Bernard Herrmann and a truly diabolical performance from Walter Huston.

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The Devil and Daniel Webster Directed by William Dieterle

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1942 | Winner: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

1942 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role



Critics reviews

Beyond offering good examples of editing craft, [it’s] of interest today for other reasons. One involves some of the creative choices made by Benét and Totheroh in adapting the former’s short story. . . . The second issue I’ll explore has to do with the way the film speaks to political issues of its moment. It seems endorse a collectivist vision of society as a counter to the excesses of unrestrained capitalism.
July 09, 2018
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