Movie: The Devil and Daniel Webster [1941] Movie: The Devil and Daniel Webster [1941]

Movie: The Devil and Daniel Webster [1941] Movie: The Devil and Daniel Webster [1941]

[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.

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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.

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[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.

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Mr. Scratch:
[Jabez, after noticing that one of Mr. Scratch's victims is now the size of a fly, asks him how big their souls are] Oh, I see what you mean; why, they vary... Now, in your case, I could probably keep you in my vest pocket.

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Daniel Webster:
If two New Hampshire men aren't a match for the devil, we'd better give this country back to the Indians.

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