The Devil & Daniel Webster Movie
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  • The movie is definitely worth watching at least once
  • I cannot say I was fascinated with it, but it was interesting
  • When the deal with Jabez falls through, he is disappointed, but not for long

    • by Lorianna
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      You won’t see Hollywood make this type of a movie today, oh no. It’s got “religion” in it, you see, the characters go to church and read their Bible, and all that is taken seriously, no one makes fun of them for it. God-fearing people are actually presented as decent, hard-working people.

      Then one of them, Jabez, a farmer worn out by his misfortunes, says that he’d sell his soul to the devil for some good luck - and the devil immediately shows


      up to offer a deal. Yes, it’s a classic make-a-deal-with-the-devil story.

      “Mr. Scratch” promises Jabez seven years of wealth in exchange for his soul.

      Mr. Scratch keeps his word: Jabez quickly becomes rich, although not happy.

      Seven years go by, and the devil comes to collect his debt. Here the story takes an unusual twist: the man who decides to help Jabez is Daniel Webster, a lawyer and a family friend.

      He stands up to defend the young man against the devil himself.


      • Mr.

        Scratch agrees to hold a trial in the barn, and if Daniel Webster loses, his soul will be lost, too. Scratch summons a jury - his jury, consisting of dead men who had made a similar deal and are now his.

        He gives a satisfied laugh, knowing well that Webster has little chance of convincing them to let Jabez off. But Daniel Webster’s speech moves this jury of the damned, and they rule to give Jabez another chance.

        The movie is definitely

        worth watching at least once. I cannot say I was fascinated with it, but it was interesting.

        Walter Huston plays Mr. Scratch as a smooth-talking middle-aged fellow who seems to be everywhere, smiling and having fun, at the same time taking care of his “business.

        ” He carries a little book with people’s names written in it - his potential “customers” - and he knows his business well. When the deal with Jabez falls through, he is disappointed, but not for long: there will be others.




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