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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.

Director:

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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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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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

Nine years later, Charles Coburn and Edmund Gwenn would play romantic rivals for the hand of Spring Byington in Louisa (1950). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

First Policeman: When they start recitin' the Constitution, watch out!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Awesome Lotus (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played aboard ship at the end and danced by Merrick and 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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