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The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

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

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mary
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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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11 April 1941 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 23, 1946 with Charles Coburn reprising his film role. 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

Mary Jones: You... Benedict Arnold in sheep's clothing!
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Crazy Credits

The foreword after the opening credits reads: Dear Richest Men in the World: We made up this character in the story, out of our own heads. It's nobody, really. The whole thing is make-believe. We'd feel awful if anyone was offended. Thank you, The Author, Director and Producer. P.S. Nobody sue. P.P.S. Please. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.12 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
Played aboard ship at the end and danced by Merrick and the employees.
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A Lesson in Comedy
5 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time on TCM, during their run-up to the 2005 Oscars. I expected quaint, cute, pleasant. What I got was much more: strong writing and characters, believable performances, a sure hand of the director who knew how to make comedy work on-screen, an interesting story with plot twists. Even after more than six decades, this comedy still works well. Today's comedy directors and writers could learn a lot from this film: how to make the situations and characters work without shoving in the audience's face. Sam Wood gives the audience for this film some credit for intelligence, and lets the strength of the script and actors emerge. For the first time, I realized just what fine actors are Charles Coburn and Jean Arthur.


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