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Release Date:
11 April 1941 (USA) See more »
A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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  (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)
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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
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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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1948) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #6964) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

"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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Merrick:I have a seventh sense.
Elizabeth:You mean a sixth sense.
Merrick:I mean a seventh sense. I have a sixth and seventh sense.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Devil and Mr. Jones (1975)See more »
The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314See more »


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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Labor Day Sale, 5 February 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Norman Krasna, was one of the best screen writers in the movies of the period. Sam Wood shows his ability to direct this excellent cast in one of the most satisfying comedies about the distinctions between the moneyed classes and the working stiffs they employed.

If you haven't seen the film, please stop reading now.

J.P. Merrick, is a millionaire who has investments all over New York. It is to his amazement he sees himself burned in effigy in front of the department store he has forgotten he owns. Merrick, like all people in business don't want to appear to be exploiting the workers, but this is too much! He must put an end to it.

In disguising himself as a salesman, he goes directly where the problem seems to be coming from, the shoe department. There he meets Mary Jones, who immediately feels Tom Higgins, his assumed name, is a man that is going through a rough time in his life. Mary feels pity when she realizes he doesn't know a thing about salesmanship.

In spite of everything going bad for him as a shoe salesman, Tom sticks to his new persona. He only meets kindness from all the people he is trying to fire. Merrick, by the end of the first full day at the store feels the strain of being on his feet all the time; we watch him soaking his feet in hot water, aided by his butler, George. In the process of gaining knowledge about the trouble makers, Merrick becomes human. He gets to realize how wrong he has been about a life he has lived so alienated from.

"The Devil and Miss Jones" is a movie that will delight anyone wishing to have fun. Of course, this is a film that depends totally in the two principals, Jean Arthur, who plays Mary Jones, and Charles Coburn, who as J.P Merrick/Tom Higgins shows why they were about the best actors working in the cinema in the 30s and 40s in Hollywood. Not only did they bring such class to whatever they played, but they are totally convincing. Ms. Arthur was a natural and so was Mr. Coburn.

The rest of the cast is extraordinary. A young Robert Cummings is perfect in his role as the union man. Spring Byinton, an actress that appeared in many films, is a charming Elizabeth, the woman that steals Merrick/Higgins heart. In her first scene with Mr. Coburn, she sits in the park bench to have lunch and he has nothing to eat. She gives him one of her tuna popovers and clarifies for him she paid 12 cents for the can! What times! In minor roles, S. Z. Sakall is George, the loyal butler. Mr. Sakall is a joy to watch, no matter what picture, or what character he is playing. Also, Edmund Gwenn, who probably stayed behind to played Santa Claus for the store, makes an incredible Hooper, the man in charge of the shoe department.

Thanks to Sam Wood's inspired direction this is a film that will not cease to please.

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