Saturday, March 9, 2013

Walter Huston as Mr. Scratch in The Devil & Daniel Webster (William Dieterle, 1941)

Daniel Webster (Edward Arnold): I never heard of you claiming American citizenship...
Mr. Scratch (Walter Huston): 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.

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