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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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Sam Wood

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Arthur ... Mary Jones
Robert Cummings ... Joe O'Brien
Charles Coburn ... John P. Merrick
Edmund Gwenn ... Hooper
Spring Byington ... Elizabeth Ellis
S.Z. Sakall ... George (as S.Z. Sakall)
William Demarest ... First Detective
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Allison
Montagu Love ... Harrison
Richard Carle ... Oliver
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Needles
Edwin Maxwell ... Withers
Edward McNamara Edward McNamara ... Police Sergeant
Robert Emmett Keane ... Tom Higgins
Florence Bates ... Customer
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le diable s'en mêle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Coburn's Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominated is the only one in the category to not be in a Best Picture nominee that year. 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

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 iZombie: Astroburger (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played aboard ship at the end and sung by the employees.
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Such an easy movie to watch - delightful in all ways
7 April 2001 | by 2serverSee all my reviews

The tone of this movie is peppy and fast. Not a dull moment. The comedy is sophisticated and yet of the belly-laugh variety. This movie has entertained me and my friends over the years and is as refreshing now as it was the first time. Charles Laughton, Spring Byington, S.Z. Szakall, Bob Cummings, Edmond Gwenn (booooooo) and of course Jean Arthur - what a cast!!!!! This is a representative of the golden era of social-conscious entertainment - movies with a message - the New Deal is there and there is hope for the overworked and underappreciated. The employees who devote their lives and skills to the firm in order to give a better life to their children - this was the era preceding the "me, me, and only me" baby boom where everything was given to the kids without question. I can relate to this after constantly listening to the stories of my parents who were of the same generation as those employees. All gone now, and the memories remain.


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