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10th Dec '12 10:19:54 AM TropeEater
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->I'd fight ten thousand devils to save a New Hampshire man
-->'''Daniel Webster.'''

'''"The Devil and Daniel Webster"''' is a 1937 short story by Stephen Vincent Benét, which in turn was based on the 1824 short story "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving. Both stories are based on the legend of [[{{Faust}} Dr. Faustus]].

Its protagonist is Jabez Stone, a man for whom fortune has never shined and has, in fact, [[ButtMonkey laughed upon.]] That all changes when the sly Mr. Scratch, who is none other than Satan himself, comes visiting. Jabez sells his soul to the devil and enjoys seven years of contractual good luck. However, near the end of the deal, Jabez decides to find some way out of it; he finds it in the famed attorney Daniel Webster. Now, Jabez can only hope Webster can give him a chance out of hell.

Its most well known adaptation was a 1941 film, starring Walter Huston as Scratch, Edward Arnold as Webster, and James Craig as Jabez Stone. It was retitled ''All That Money Can Buy'' in some states, as well as AcademyAward ballots. At that year's ceremony, it won [[Film/{{Psycho}} Bernard]] [[Film/CitizenKane Herrmann]] his only Oscar for Original Score.

Was given a short musical parody by [[TheLazerCollection DominicFear]]. There is also an operatic adaptation by Douglas Moore, who also wrote ''The Ballad of Baby Doe.''
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!! This short story contains examples of:
* AffablyEvil: The devil is depicted as not all that bad of a guy, considering. He's only asking that Stone uphold his end of their bargain, and when he loses the case he takes it in stride.
* ButtMonkey: Jabez Stone
* DealWithTheDevil
* TheDevilIsALoser
* HangingJudge
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Yes, Daniel Webster was a great statesman. No, he did not possess a pair of horses that could outrun the wind, a ram that could butt through an iron door, or the ability to sink a river into the ground with his oratory.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Not all of the jury of the damned were really that evil in reality. In particular, Thomas Morton was only evil in the sense of being an enemy of Puritans and was an early proponent of treating Native Americans decently.
* InTheStyleOf / SpiritualSuccessor: It's written in a sort of {{tall tale}} style which fits the literature written at the period that it's set, and also shows the influences of American LovecraftCountry stories, specifically "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving
* JuryOfTheDamned: the TropeMaker
* LouisCypher
* PatrioticFervor
* {{Satan}}
* SettingUpdate: ''Shortcut to Happiness.''
* ShoutOut: Not only does the {{Superman}} novel ''Miracle Monday'' make reference to the events of TDADW, the basic premise (Superman beating The Devil's agent with just his righteousness) is inspired by it.
* TakeThat: The story's last line is one against Vermont and Massachusetts.
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!!The film contains examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Far less so than in the original story. Scratch takes a much more active role in making sure Jabez becomes completely corrupt.
* AntiHero: Jabez Stone starts off as [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type 1]] and slides into Type 2.
* BadassBoast: Daniel Webster is full of these.
* ButtMonkey: Jabez Stone
* ChekhovsGun: Miser Stephens leaves the bar when Scratch enters.
* DealWithTheDevil
* DevilInPlainSight: Scratch, of course, but he's ([[PaperThinDisguise usually]]) open about who he is. Most people only think Belle is Jabez's mistress; no one suspects her true nature even when she's every bit as demonic as Scratch himself.
* TheDevilIsALoser
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Kick Out Cthulhu]]: The Devil has left New Hampshire for good.
* EvilIsPetty: In addition to bargaining for peoples' souls, Scratch enjoys random acts of vandalism and is a consummate kleptomaniac.
* ExtremeDoormat: Mary has watched Jabez change from an honest-but-loveable shmuck to a rich asshole whose screwing his (hell-sent) maid Belle and letting his son roam free. Her reaction? "[[ItsAllMyFault It must be all my fault, I know it!]]"
* FauxAffablyEvil: This Scratch is far more in this camp than he is AffablyEvil.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Before the credits roll, Scratch [[NoFourthWall looks through the screen]], selecting [[YouSuck the viewer]] as his next target.
* HangingJudge
* HornyDevils: Belle Dee seems to be one... by 1940s standards anyway.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
-->''Mary:'' "What a sweet and kind girl..."
** Spoken of Belle. Immediately before she [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar bangs Jabez]] no less.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Jabez Stone embraces corruption fairly quickly, especially after Belle enters his life.
* JuryOfTheDamned
* LaserGuidedKarma [[spoiler: Miser Stephens']] contract expires hours before Jabez's.
* LouisCypher: Played Straight with Scratch and Subverted with his servant Belle.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Miser Stephens']] soul appears as a moth. Scratch informs us that most of the souls he gets look like moths. He does suggest, however, that the souls of greater or more virtuous men are "bigger".
* ObviouslyEvil: Scratch usually makes no secret of his identity, but Belle is clearly up to no good.
* PatrioticFervor
* {{Satan}}
* SpoiledBrat: Young Daniel, Jabez's son. His poor role models are mostly to blame.
* TheVamp: Belle Dee. What else could Satan's lovely henchwoman be?
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Scratch seems capable of appearing anywhere at any time in any occupation -- all without raising a single eyebrow.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Mary.
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->I'd fight ten thousand devils to save a New Hampshire man
-->'''Daniel Webster.'''

'''"The Devil and Daniel Webster"''' is a 1937 short story by Stephen Vincent Benét, which in turn was based on the 1824 short story "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving. Both stories are based on the legend of [[{{Faust}} Dr. Faustus]].

Its protagonist is Jabez Stone, a man for whom fortune has never shined and has, in fact, [[ButtMonkey laughed upon.]] That all changes when the sly Mr. Scratch, who is none other than Satan himself, comes visiting. Jabez sells his soul to the devil and enjoys seven years of contractual good luck. However, near the end of the deal, Jabez decides to find some way out of it; he finds it in the famed attorney Daniel Webster. Now, Jabez can only hope Webster can give him a chance out of hell.

Its most well known adaptation was a 1941 film, starring Walter Huston as Scratch, Edward Arnold as Webster, and James Craig as Jabez Stone. It was retitled ''All That Money Can Buy'' in some states, as well as AcademyAward ballots. At that year's ceremony, it won [[Film/{{Psycho}} Bernard]] [[Film/CitizenKane Herrmann]] his only Oscar for Original Score.

Was given a short musical parody by [[TheLazerCollection DominicFear]]. There is also an operatic adaptation by Douglas Moore, who also wrote ''The Ballad of Baby Doe.''
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!! This short story contains examples of:
* AffablyEvil: The devil is depicted as not all that bad of a guy, considering. He's only asking that Stone uphold his end of their bargain, and when he loses the case he takes it in stride.
* ButtMonkey: Jabez Stone
* DealWithTheDevil
* TheDevilIsALoser
* HangingJudge
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Yes, Daniel Webster was a great statesman. No, he did not possess a pair of horses that could outrun the wind, a ram that could butt through an iron door, or the ability to sink a river into the ground with his oratory.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Not all of the jury of the damned were really that evil in reality. In particular, Thomas Morton was only evil in the sense of being an enemy of Puritans and was an early proponent of treating Native Americans decently.
* InTheStyleOf / SpiritualSuccessor: It's written in a sort of {{tall tale}} style which fits the literature written at the period that it's set, and also shows the influences of American LovecraftCountry stories, specifically "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving
* JuryOfTheDamned: the TropeMaker
* LouisCypher
* PatrioticFervor
* {{Satan}}
* SettingUpdate: ''Shortcut to Happiness.''
* ShoutOut: Not only does the {{Superman}} novel ''Miracle Monday'' make reference to the events of TDADW, the basic premise (Superman beating The Devil's agent with just his righteousness) is inspired by it.
* TakeThat: The story's last line is one against Vermont and Massachusetts.
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!!The film contains examples of:
* AffablyEvil: Far less so than in the original story. Scratch takes a much more active role in making sure Jabez becomes completely corrupt.
* AntiHero: Jabez Stone starts off as [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type 1]] and slides into Type 2.
* BadassBoast: Daniel Webster is full of these.
* ButtMonkey: Jabez Stone
* ChekhovsGun: Miser Stephens leaves the bar when Scratch enters.
* DealWithTheDevil
* DevilInPlainSight: Scratch, of course, but he's ([[PaperThinDisguise usually]]) open about who he is. Most people only think Belle is Jabez's mistress; no one suspects her true nature even when she's every bit as demonic as Scratch himself.
* TheDevilIsALoser
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Kick Out Cthulhu]]: The Devil has left New Hampshire for good.
* EvilIsPetty: In addition to bargaining for peoples' souls, Scratch enjoys random acts of vandalism and is a consummate kleptomaniac.
* ExtremeDoormat: Mary has watched Jabez change from an honest-but-loveable shmuck to a rich asshole whose screwing his (hell-sent) maid Belle and letting his son roam free. Her reaction? "[[ItsAllMyFault It must be all my fault, I know it!]]"
* FauxAffablyEvil: This Scratch is far more in this camp than he is AffablyEvil.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: Before the credits roll, Scratch [[NoFourthWall looks through the screen]], selecting [[YouSuck the viewer]] as his next target.
* HangingJudge
* HornyDevils: Belle Dee seems to be one... by 1940s standards anyway.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter:
-->''Mary:'' "What a sweet and kind girl..."
** Spoken of Belle. Immediately before she [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar bangs Jabez]] no less.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Jabez Stone embraces corruption fairly quickly, especially after Belle enters his life.
* JuryOfTheDamned
* LaserGuidedKarma [[spoiler: Miser Stephens']] contract expires hours before Jabez's.
* LouisCypher: Played Straight with Scratch and Subverted with his servant Belle.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Miser Stephens']] soul appears as a moth. Scratch informs us that most of the souls he gets look like moths. He does suggest, however, that the souls of greater or more virtuous men are "bigger".
* ObviouslyEvil: Scratch usually makes no secret of his identity, but Belle is clearly up to no good.
* PatrioticFervor
* {{Satan}}
* SpoiledBrat: Young Daniel, Jabez's son. His poor role models are mostly to blame.
* TheVamp: Belle Dee. What else could Satan's lovely henchwoman be?
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Scratch seems capable of appearing anywhere at any time in any occupation -- all without raising a single eyebrow.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Mary.
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7th Dec '12 2:00:58 PM TVRulezAgain
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* EvillyAffable: This Scratch is far more in this camp than he is AffablyEvil.
* ExtremeDoormat: Mary has watched Jabez change from an honest-but-loveable shmuck to a rich asshole whose screwing his (hell-sent) maid Belle and letting his son roam free. Her reaction? "[[ItsAllMyFault It must be all my fault, I know it!]]"

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* EvillyAffable: This Scratch is far more in this camp than he is AffablyEvil.
* ExtremeDoormat: Mary has watched Jabez change from an honest-but-loveable shmuck to a rich asshole whose screwing his (hell-sent) maid Belle and letting his son roam free. Her reaction? "[[ItsAllMyFault It must be all my fault, I know it!]]" it!]]"
* FauxAffablyEvil: This Scratch is far more in this camp than he is AffablyEvil.
13th Aug '12 7:47:12 PM Pannic
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Was given a short musical parody by [[TheLazerCollection DominicFear]]

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Was given a short musical parody by [[TheLazerCollection DominicFear]]DominicFear]]. There is also an operatic adaptation by Douglas Moore, who also wrote ''The Ballad of Baby Doe.''
4th Aug '12 10:44:56 AM rubyapple
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* AntiHero: Jabez Stone starts off as [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type 1]] and slides into Type 4.

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* AntiHero: Jabez Stone starts off as [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type 1]] and slides into Type 4.2.
5th Jun '12 9:51:49 AM Catbert
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* EvilForeigner: Subverted By both Belle and Scratch. When Webster call him a foreigner,Scratch proudly states that he is an American, noting that when the first wrong was done to an Indian, he was there. Belle subverts the idea in a more subtle fashion . Her [[StrangeSyntaxSpeaker distinctive speech patterns]] suggest foreignness without an accent, and Belle explicitly states that she's "not really anything".
30th May '12 3:31:13 AM erforce
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Its most well known adaptation was a 1941 film, starring Walter Huston as Scratch, Edward Arnold as Webster, and James Craig as Jabez Stone. It was retitled ''All That Money Can Buy'' in some states, as well as AcademyAward ballots. At that year's ceremony, it won [[{{Psycho}} Bernard]] [[Film/CitizenKane Herrmann]] his only Oscar for Original Score.

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Its most well known adaptation was a 1941 film, starring Walter Huston as Scratch, Edward Arnold as Webster, and James Craig as Jabez Stone. It was retitled ''All That Money Can Buy'' in some states, as well as AcademyAward ballots. At that year's ceremony, it won [[{{Psycho}} [[Film/{{Psycho}} Bernard]] [[Film/CitizenKane Herrmann]] his only Oscar for Original Score.
2nd May '12 5:39:19 PM TVRulezAgain
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* {{Anvilicious}}: The moral messages are hammered in quite hard. [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Which is the appeal]] [[YourMileageMayVary for many viewers]].



* EvilIsSexy: Belle Dee. She can take me [[ToHellAndBack over the mountain]] ANY DAY. ''Rawr.''
2nd May '12 5:37:41 PM TVRulezAgain
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* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: Despite being well over sixty years old, the scariest scenes haven't lost their punch...
2nd May '12 1:09:27 AM LordGro
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'''"TheDevilAndDanielWebster"''' is a 1937 short story by Stephen Vincent Benét, which in turn was based on the 1824 short story "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving. Both stories are based on the legend of [[{{Faust}} Dr. Faustus]].

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'''"TheDevilAndDanielWebster"''' '''"The Devil and Daniel Webster"''' is a 1937 short story by Stephen Vincent Benét, which in turn was based on the 1824 short story "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving. Both stories are based on the legend of [[{{Faust}} Dr. Faustus]].



!!The story contains examples of:

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!!The !! This short story contains examples of:



* InTheStyleOf / SpiritualSuccessor: It's written in a sort of tall tale style which fits the literature written at the period that it's set, and also shows the influences of American LovecraftCountry stories, specifically "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving

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* InTheStyleOf / SpiritualSuccessor: It's written in a sort of tall tale {{tall tale}} style which fits the literature written at the period that it's set, and also shows the influences of American LovecraftCountry stories, specifically "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving






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21st Jan '12 7:18:51 PM nombretomado
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Its most well known adaptation was a 1941 film, starring Walter Huston as Scratch, Edward Arnold as Webster, and James Craig as Jabez Stone. It was retitled ''All That Money Can Buy'' in some states, as well as AcademyAward ballots. At that year's ceremony, it won [[{{Psycho}} Bernard]] [[CitizenKane Herrmann]] his only Oscar for Original Score.

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Its most well known adaptation was a 1941 film, starring Walter Huston as Scratch, Edward Arnold as Webster, and James Craig as Jabez Stone. It was retitled ''All That Money Can Buy'' in some states, as well as AcademyAward ballots. At that year's ceremony, it won [[{{Psycho}} Bernard]] [[CitizenKane [[Film/CitizenKane Herrmann]] his only Oscar for Original Score.
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