All That Money Can Buy (1941)
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A down-on-his-luck farmer makes a deal with the devil for seven years of prosperity. When Mr. Scratch comes to collect, orator and hero of the common man Daniel Webster comes to the rescue. Based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. Also known as "All That Money Can Buy."
A GREAT MOTION PICTURE DARES TO BE DIFFERENT! (original print media ad
Also Known As:
A Certain Mr. Scratch
Daniel and the Devil
Here Is a Man
Title: All That Money Can Buy
Release Date: October 17, 1941
Runtime: 107 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, History
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Buried.com Rating: 8.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A
MPAA Rating: Approved
Edward Arnold ...Daniel Webster
Walter Huston ...Mr. Scratch
Jane Darwell ...Ma Stone
Simone Simon ...Belle
Gene Lockhart ...Squire Slossum
John Qualen ...Miser Stevens
H.B. Warner ...Justice John Hathorne
Frank Conlan ...Sheriff
Lindy Wade ...Daniel Stone
George Cleveland ...Cy Bibber
Anne Shirley ...Mary Stone
James Craig ...Jabez Stone
William Alland ...Guide (scenes deleted)
Sarah Edwards ...Lucy Slossum (scenes deleted)
Fern Emmett ...Wife (scenes deleted)
Jim Farley ...Studio Gateman (scenes deleted)
Robert Emmett Keane ...Husband (scenes deleted)
Anita Lee ...Infant
Robert Pittard ...Clerk (as Bob Pittard)
Ferris Taylor ...President (scenes deleted)
Frank Austin ...Spectator
Walter Baldwin ...Hank
Eddie Borden ...Poker Player
Hazel Boyne ...Woman
Sonny Bupp ...Martin Van Buren Aldrich
Bob Burns ...Townsman
Horace B. Carpenter ...Party Guest at Jabez Stone's
Tex Cooper ...Townsman
Jeff Corey ...Tom Sharp
Alec Craig ...Eli Higgins
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Charles L. Glett
Stephen Vincent Benet
Stephen Vincent Benet
All That Money Can Buy Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- A GREAT MOTION PICTURE DARES TO BE DIFFERENT! (original print media ad
- all caps)
- STEPHEN VINCENT BENET'S Amazing Saturday Evening Post Story
- [Webster is examing the contract Mr. Scratch has with Stone] Daniel Webster: This appears - mind you, I say appears - to be properly drawn. But you shan't have this man. A man isn't a piece of property. Mr. Stone is an American citizen... and an American citizen cannot be forced into the service of a foreign prince. Mr. Scratch: Foreign? Who calls me a foreigner? Daniel Webster: Well, I never heard of the de... I never heard of you claiming American citizenship. Mr. Scratch: And who has a better right? When the first wrong was done to the first Indian, I was there. When the first slaver put out for the Congo, I stood on the deck. Am I not still spoken of in every church in New England? It's true the North claims me for a Southerner and the South for a Northerner, but I'm neither. Tell the truth, Mr. Webster - though I don't like to boast of it - my name is older in the country than yours. Daniel Webster: Then I stand on the Constitution. I demand a trial for my client. Mr. Scratch: You mean a jury trial? Daniel Webster: I do! And if I can't win this case with a jury you'll have me, too. If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the devil, we better give the country back to the Indians.
[Ma Stone is reading out loud from the book of Job] Mary Stone: Give me the book, Ma. I'm going to read us something cheerful from the book of Ruth. That is, if you don't mind changing the lesson. Ma Stone: Land sakes, I don't mind. I never did hold much with Job, even if he is scripture. Took on too much to suit me. Course I don't want to malign the man; but he always sounded to me like he come from Massachusetts.
Jabez Stone: Money's a funny thing ain't it, Ma? Ma Stone: I figure it depends a mite on how you get it and how you spend it. Jabez Stone: But I don't spend any. Ma Stone: But you should, son. That's all it's good for. Jabez Stone: Do you really think that? Ma Stone: That's just common sense. Now a man like Daniel Webster: guess they pay him high for what he does, but he's worth it. And he helps others... makes all the difference. Jabez Stone: I know. But suppose a man got his money in bad ways? Ma Stone: Wouldn't profit him none. You see, son: I'm old and I've lived. When a man gets his money in bad way... when he sees the better course and takes the worse... then the devil's in his heart. And that fixes him. Jabez Stone: And yet... a man could change all that couldn't he? Ma Stone: A man can always change things. That's what makes him different from the barnyard critters.
Jabez Stone: What do you have on your mind? Daniel Webster: You, Jabez Stone. You and a lot of poor farmers hereabouts... all good men of the earth and in trouble because of you. Or am I wrong about those contracts? Jabez Stone: Without me and my money they wouldn't have anything. Daniel Webster: They'd have a good neighbor - and that's worth more than anything else... much, much more.
[Webster and Stone are waiting for Mr. Scratch] Daniel Webster: How long do we have to wait? Jabez Stone: 'Til midnight. Daniel Webster: Oh, that's fine - then we have time to christen a jug. Old Medford rum: aahh, there's nothing like it. You know, somehow or other, waiting becomes wonderfully shorter with a jug. I saw an inchworm once take a drop of this and he stood right up on his hind legs and bit a bee! [chuckles and takes a drink] Daniel Webster: Will you have a nip? Jabez Stone: No, there's no joy in it for me. Daniel Webster: Oh, come, come now. Just because you sold your soul to the devil that needn't make you a teetotaler.
- Thomas Mitchell was originally cast as Daniel Webster. While filming a carriage ride scene with young actor Lindy Wade, Mitchell lost control of the horses and was thrown from the carriage. He suffered a fractured skull and was in the hospital for 17 weeks, but made a full recovery. Director William Dieterle recast Edward Arnold in the role with one day's notice. All of Mitchell's scenes as Daniel Webster had to then be re-shot with Arnold.
Bernard Herrmann's Oscar-winning musical score included recordings of the humming of telephone wires (heard when Mr. Scratch first appears to Jabez Stone in his barn), and four violin solos of Pop Goes The Weasel, recorded separately and laid over each other on the soundtrack to form a single violin solo (heard when Mr. Scratch plays his fiddle at Jabez Stone's barn dance).
The movie was officially nominated for Oscars under the title All That Money Can Buy. Other titles used for the film included, Mr. Scratch, Here is a Man, or Daniel and the Devil. The reason for the many different titles was so that the film would play in the American South, which was extremely socially conservative and ultra-religious. Films with the word devil in the title did not do well. Mainly, however, the name was changed so as not to be confused with The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) which was also released in 1941 and nominated for Oscars.
The blizzard consisted of 1200 lbs. of shredded white onions, 2500 lbs. of mothballs and a large amount of uncooked tapioca.
The stage version opened at the Martin Beck Theater on May 18, 1939 and ran for six performances.
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