The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

All That Money Can Buy poster

Original Title: All That Money Can Buy
RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 James Craig, Anne Shirley, Lindy Wade
Directed by: William Dieterle

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Based on the original story by Stephen Vincent Benet. New Hampshire farmer Jabez Stone (James Craig) sells his soul to the devil for wealth and relies on politician and lawyer Daniel Webster to save him from damnation.

Kitty Cameo: Late in the film Jabez is throwing a large party in his fancy new home and is anxiously anticipating the guests who are late. Hearing someone arriving, he rushes to the door but it is only his son, Daniel (Lindy Wade) who enters carrying a Bengal striped tabby cat.

The Devil and Daniel Webster - Daniel Lindy Wade carrying Bengal striped tabby cat inside house

Daniel explains to his mother, Mary (Anne Shirley), that the cat was mewing outside his window and he thinks she is sick. Mary suggests the cat may just be hungry and suggests the boy get her something to eat.

The Devil and Daniel Webster - Mary Anne Shirley and Daniel Lindy Wade looking at Bengal striped tabby cat

The Devil and Daniel Webster - Mary Anne Shirley and Daniel Lindy Wade walking with Bengal striped tabby cat

Moments later Jabez is showing Miser Stevens (John Qualen) to the fireplace and they find Daniel and the cat sitting there. “That’s no place for a cat,” Jabez complains. Daniel points out that the cat is sick but Jabez makes them move anyway. The cat is not seen or heard of again.

The Devil and Daniel Webster - Daniel Lindy Wade with Bengal striped tabby cat in front of fireplace with Jabez James Craig and Miser Stevens John Qualen

The Devil and Daniel Webster - Daniel Lindy Wade with Bengal striped tabby cat walking away from fireplace with Jabez James Craig and Miser Stevens John Qualen

Final Mewsings: Only soul-less people make sick cats move away from fireplaces.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this cat for us!


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