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Old Scratch is a perfect role for an actor, and quite a few of them have given wonderful performances in the role.

Who's given your favorite performance as the Devil?

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I'd have to go with Claude Rains in ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER, at least where older films are concerned. But I rather like Peter Fonda in GHOST RIDER as well.
Donald Pleseance makes an interesting casule kinda Tempter in The Greatest Story Ever Told
Walter Huston and especially Simone Simon in The Devil and Daniel Webster..
GSET is such an underrated film, and Pleasance is wonderful in it.
I agree with Tim, that it was a great kick for me to watch Peter Fonda come strolling up in the role in Ghost Rider. but I love Vincent Price in the Story of Mankind and enjoyed Jerry Lewis in the stage play of Damn Yankees!
I enjoyed Ghost of those unexpected pleasures..
Envy you Chuck, getting to see Lewis on the stage.
Rains in ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER or Walter Huston in THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER would top my list. Laird Cregar in HEAVEN CAN WAIT would be a close third.
Walter Huston (?) in The Devil and Daniel Webster with Edward Arnold.

Not from the Golden Age, but my fav is Al Pacino in THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
I recently saw The Devil and Daniel Webster for the first time a few months ago on TCM. I have to agree with the others that Walter Huston's performance blew me away. Runner-up would be Ray Walston in Damn Yankees. My favorite non-golden age devil was Peter Cook as the mod disaffected Satan in Bedazzled.
Cook was brilliant, stealing the film.

I picked up a book with several screenplays, and one of them is The Devil and Daniel Webster. I'd love to see it on the stage. They did remake of it recently, and it was horrible.



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