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The Devil and Daniel Webster

Spine #214

Sep 30, 2003

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

The Devil and Daniel Webster

Directed By: William Dieterle
Starring: Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, Jane Darwell, Simone Simon, Gene Lockhart, John Qualen, Anne Shirley, James Craig
Licensor: Janus Films

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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.

  • 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


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