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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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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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Cute and funny, one of Coburn best films
19 June 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

Ever since I saw Jean Arthur in "The More The Merrier", I fell in love with her. What beauty, what talent, what a VOICE!

This is one of her better films. More reminiscent of a Capra film. It's the working class vs the wealthy uncaring class. This goes beyond that though. It tells the tale of a rich man(Coburn) who hears of a revolt at one of his businesses. He wants it stopped and he wants heads to roll!!

When he thinks the investigation is not going to his liking, he decides to go undercover himself. Now this is where the REAL story starts. Now he is on THEIR ground and he sees for himself what these working class "pigs" are really like. They are just people. People with little money and big hearts, who just want a better life.

Everyone is wonderful in this film. Jean Arthur and Charles Coburn work terrific together as always(no wonder they did three movies together). I was surprised to see Robert Cummings in a major role back in 1941. I didn't know he was a star before Television.

The only real disappointment I had with this film was Edmund Gwenn. I could not believe it. The man that IS Santa Claus played a mean rude little man. EGAD!!

Seriously though, This is a MUST SEE for those who love good hearted comedies. Just makes you feel so good. An 8 out of 10.


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