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Four-Star Films : 'The Devil and Daniel Webster'

March 30, 1997|Michael Wilmington

This is Stephen Vincent Benet's New England version of "Faust, With the Devil" (Walter Huston, as the wickedly gleeful Mr. Scratch, perhaps his greatest non--"Sierra Madre" performance) battling oratorical genius Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) for the soul of farmer James Craig (pictured with Jane Darwell). Benet co-wrote the script, and director William Dieterle--who had appeared in Murnau's "Faust"--and cinematographer Joe August had a field day, bringing back all the shadowy delights of German Expressionism (Bravo Tuesday at 10 a.m.).

Other four-star films airing this week:

It Happened One Night / TMC, Sunday, 3:15 p.m.

Babette's Feast / TMC, Monday, 7:05 a.m.

Laura / Bravo, Monday, 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Henry V (1945) Bravo, Friday, noon; Saturday, 8 a.m.

Easy Rider / TMC, Friday, 2:30 p.m.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid / TMC, Saturday, noon.

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