In this folklore New England, the devil is a real thing, like a fox that steals hens or a dog that barks at nights, and if you want to make a deal with him, it's not too hard to do. One rainy day Jabez curses in the barn, and a little man named Scratch (Walter Huston) appears out of nowhere with a bargain to make: Jabez will have seven years' worth of prosperity and everything that goes with it, and at the end of the seven years, Scratch will get his soul. Jabez signs the contract, and Scratch kicks at the floor of the barn, where a pile of gold rises up from a loose plank. The devil is in the details though, and anyone who's ever seen a movie knows there's going to be Hell to pay.
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Sex in Chains concerns itself with politics, but only in a roundabout way. Times are a bit tough for the young Sommers couple. Franz (William Dieterle) has been unemployed for a while, and his wife Helene (Mary Johnson) frets at home as he attempts to find any sort of decent job. He even signs on as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and in one notable scene, he pitches to a wealthy young fraulein who feeds her cat gourmet food as she watches his demonstration. His look of disgust is memorable.
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There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.