US morality tale from director William Dieterle, based on the short story by Stephen Vincent Benet. In the farmlands of New Hampshire in 1840, struggling farmer Jabez Stone (James Craig) cries out in exasperation that he would sell his soul for some money and a decent crop. To his amazement, Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston) appears and offers to trade seven years of prosperity in exchange for that very item. Jabez thinks the whole thing is a joke and accepts willingly. Riches soon come his way but, when Mr. Scratch returns to collect his debt, Jabez has to call on well-known orator Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold) to lead the fight to save his soul.