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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 O'Brien
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Hooper
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George (as S.Z. Sakall)
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First Detective
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Allison
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Harrison
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Oliver
Charles Waldron ...
Needles
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Withers
Edward McNamara ...
Police Sergeant
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Tom Higgins
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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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Le diable s'en mêle  »

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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

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

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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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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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 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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