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Writer:
Norman Krasna (written by)
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Release Date:
11 April 1941 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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(7 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Arthur ... Mary

Robert Cummings ... Joe

Charles Coburn ... Merrick

Edmund Gwenn ... Hooper

Spring Byington ... Elizabeth

S.Z. Sakall ... George (as S.Z. Sakall)

William Demarest ... First Detective
Walter Kingsford ... Allison
Montagu Love ... Harrison
Richard Carle ... Oliver
Charles Waldron ... Needles

Edwin Maxwell ... Withers
Edward McNamara ... Police Sergeant
Robert Emmett Keane ... Tom Higgins
Florence Bates ... Customer
Charles Irwin ... Second Detective
Matt McHugh ... Sam
Julie Warren ... Dorothy
Ilene Brewer ... Sally (Little Girl)

Regis Toomey ... 1st Policeman
Pat Moriarity ... 2nd Policeman (as Pat Moriarty)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brooks Benedict ... Mr. Felspar (uncredited)
Irving Cummings ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carol Dietrich ... Blonde (uncredited)
Minta Durfee ... Customer (uncredited)
William Elmer ... Attendant at Jim's Bath House (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Second Shopper (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Mark - Policeman with Pickpocket (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Man at Coney Island (uncredited)
Edna Hall ... Fat Shopper (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Shopper at Neeley's (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Luggage Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Attendant at Third Bath House (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Drug Store Clerk (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Attendant at First Bath House (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... China Department Clerk (uncredited)
Nicholas Soussanin ... Man on Rooftop (uncredited)
Will Stanton ... Pickpocket at Precinct House (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Shopper at Neeley's (uncredited)
Walter Tetley ... Stock Boy (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Store Employee Picket (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
 
Writing credits
Norman Krasna (written by)

Produced by
Frank Ross .... producer
Norman Krasna .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (photographed by) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd 
 
Production Design by
William Cameron Menzies 
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Albert S. D'Agostino .... associate art director (as Albert D'Agostino)
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Stunts
Frances Kellogg .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... clothes: Miss Arthur
 
Music Department
Roy Webb .... musical director
 
Other crew
Norman Krasna .... presenter
Frank Ross .... presenter
Whitney Bolton .... unit publicity writer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1948) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #6964) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Nine years later, Charles Coburn and Edmund Gwenn would play romantic rivals for the hand of Spring Byington in Louisa (1950).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The photo in the newspaper shows the storefront and you can clearly see, in two places, the name of the store is Neeley's. Minutes later, on Detective Higgins's note from the store's personnel head has the store name as Neely's.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Jones:You... Benedict Arnold in sheep's clothing!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Devil in Miss Jones (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Pre-War Populism, 23 January 2005
Author: B24 from Arizona

Comments about movies like this from the Great Depression years frequently allude to radical or left-wing political themes. Such views miss the point. Producer Sam Wood went on to espouse a decidedly anti-communist stance in his capacity as a spokesman for the movie industry before the House Unamerican Activities Committee just before his death in 1949. A quick look back at all the movies he produced will set the record straight. Like Ronald Reagan after him, he was never a socialist but rather an old-fashioned American Populist, more in the vein of Theodore Roosevelt and William Jennings Bryan than a Eugene Debs or Mother Jones. A streak of anti-foreign Nativism is there as well, combined with the Protestant Ethic and Frontier Individualism.

Thus the theme of this film -- labor vs. management -- is resolved through an exercise in solidly pragmatic conflict resolution rather than any victory for revolutionary ideology. Similar themes are to be found in contemporaneous films like "The Grapes of Wrath" or "Sullivan's Travels." While not as lofty as those two, "The Devil and Miss Jones" is a wonderful comedy with a purpose, entirely consonant with its time.

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