The Devil and Miss Jones

Overview

The Devil and Miss Jones is a social comedy with left-wing undertones. John P. Merrick Charles Coburn, the world's richest man, gets word that someone is trying to unionize a department store that he owns. To thwart this blatant act of democracy, Merrick changes his name and takes a menial job at the store, the better to catch the union activists without detection. Once he himself is subjected to the humiliating treatment afforded his employees, Merrick starts to wise up -- and soften up. As things develop, it is...
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Overview

The Devil and Miss Jones is a social comedy with left-wing undertones. John P. Merrick Charles Coburn, the world's richest man, gets word that someone is trying to unionize a department store that he owns. To thwart this blatant act of democracy, Merrick changes his name and takes a menial job at the store, the better to catch the union activists without detection. Once he himself is subjected to the humiliating treatment afforded his employees, Merrick starts to wise up -- and soften up. As things develop, it is Merrick himself who spearheads the union movement after discovering how duplicitous his hand-picked executives can be. The film also introduces Jean Arthur and Robert Cummings as fellow employees who fall in love before fadeout time. Keeping with the film's insistence upon equal treatment for everyone, Merrick himself is permitted a romance in the person of Elizabeth Ellis Spring Byington. The Devil and Miss Jones was written by Norman Krasna and directed by Sam Wood.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Devil and Miss Jones is a Frank Capra comedy without Capra. It most cases, that is a recipe for disaster, but Devil manages to escape that fate, thanks largely to its wonderfully appealing cast. Capra stablemate Jean Arthur, of course, is one of the main reasons the film works as well as it does. With that unforgettable voice (like a sore throat bathed in honey), precise comic timing, and a sense of vulnerability encased in iron, Arthur is almost always an asset; here, she also seems to be having a great deal of fun, and that fun is contagious. She's well-matched by the equally appealing Charles Coburn, avuncular, grumpy, and cuddly. If Robert Cummings isn't perfectly cast as a union firebrand, his failings are made up by the charming Spring Byington. Norman Krasna's screenplay is a little dated, and portions are a bit contrived, but it's also quite funny and filled with engaging characters. Sam Wood's direction is very solid, if not quite on Capra's level, and the end result is a sprightly, charming and amusing film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • UPC: 887090056700
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / B&W
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,718

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Arthur Mary Jones
Charles Coburn John P. Merrick
Robert Cummings Joe O'Brien
Edmund Gwenn Hooper
S.Z. Sakall George
Spring Byington Elizabeth Ellis
William Demarest First Detective
Walter Kingsford Allison
Montagu Love Harrison
Richard Carle Oliver
Edwin Maxwell Withers
Edward McNamara Police Sergeant
Robert Emmett Keane Tom Higgins
Florence Bates Customer
Charles Irwin 2nd Detective
Matt McHugh Sam
Julie Warren Dorothy
Ilene Brewer Sally (Little Girl)
Regis Toomey 1st Policeman
Pat Moriarity 2nd Policeman
Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
John L. Cass Sound/Sound Designer
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Norman Krasna Producer, Screenwriter
William Cameron Menzies Production Designer
Argyle Nelson Asst. Director
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Frank Ross Producer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Sherman Todd Editor
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Devil and Miss Jones
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:18]
3. Chapter 3 [11:44]
4. Chapter 4 [15:39]
5. Chapter 5 [9:46]
6. Chapter 6 [12:50]
7. Chapter 7 [6:57]
8. Chapter 8 [7:17]
9. Chapter 9 [17:50]
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