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 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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[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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Daniel Webster:
I'd fight ten thousand devils to save a New Hampshire man.

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[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.

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Mr. Scratch:
You'll never be president - I'll see to that!

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