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The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 11 April 1941 (USA)
A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead.

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Joe
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Merrick
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Hooper
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Elizabeth
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George (as S.Z. Sakall)
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First Detective
Walter Kingsford ...
Allison
Montagu Love ...
Harrison
Richard Carle ...
Oliver
Charles Waldron ...
Needles
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Withers
Edward McNamara ...
Police Sergeant
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Tom Higgins
Florence Bates ...
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Storyline

Department store owner J.P. Merrick finds that several of his employees are unionizing to get more money and better working conditions. In order to find out who the organizers are, he gets a job at the store as a shoe salesman. Not realizing his true identity, he's befriended by Mary Jones and Joe O'Brien, the two ringleaders, and Elizabeth Ellis, a charming older woman with whom he develops a romance. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Le diable s'en mêle  »

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Trivia

George Watts was in studio records/casting call lists as "Watchman," but he was not seen in the movie. Edward Fielding and Frank O'Connor were listed as cast members in news items, but they also were not seen. See more »

Goofs

During the beach scene, the people in the background change completely from shot to shot. However, the crowd in the opening shot of the beach scene is the same as the one in the final shot. See more »

Quotes

First Policeman: When they start recitin' the Constitution, watch out!
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Crazy Credits

Jean Arthur's head is shown wearing a halo with a clouded sky behind her (Heaven-like), she then turns to her right and blows. The scene changes to one of Charles Coburn's head shown with a dark shadow and flames behind him (Hellish), he looks to his left and grimaces. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Devil and Mr. Jones (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Played aboard ship at the end and sung by the employees.
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A Sweet, Sharp, Sophisticated Comedy!
25 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I saw "The Devil and Miss Jones" two nights ago. What a joy Jean Arthur was to watch. Truly, the teaming of Charles Coburn and Jean Arthur needs to be celebrated. It has been ignored for too long! They play off each other as Powell and Loy, Laurel and Hardy, and Tracy and Hepburn did. Jean Arthur was never lovelier (as a brunette!). Robert Cummings never had a showier role nor one in which he displayed bite and a strong, leading-man presence. The script accurately conveys the times in which it was written. The scenes of how it was for people in large cities to work and entertain themselves during the Depression is priceless in its accuracy, a time capsule showing future Americans the Great Depression and its legacy. The playing of Arthur, Coburn, Cummings, and Spring Byington as well as the editing give "The Devil and Miss Jones" a playful, lyrical, yet sassy tone. A true rarity for a film with this type of plot to pull off yet it did, brilliantly. This film deserves greater critical and public reevaluation.


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