DirectorSam Wood Music directorRoy Webb Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 4, 1941 (1941-04-04) (Miami)
April 11, 1941 (1941-04-11) (USA) CastJean Arthur (Mary Jones), Charles Coburn (John P. Merrick/Thomas Higgins), Robert Cummings (Joe O'Brien), Edmund Gwenn (Hooper), Spring Byington (Elizabeth Ellis), S.Z. Sakall (George (Merrick's Butler)) Similar moviesMannequin, Simply Irresistible, Mannequin Two: On the Move, The Toy, Bundle of Joy, Sweethearts on Parade
The devil and miss jones 1941 opening title sequence
The Devil and Miss Jones is a 1941 comedy film starring Jean Arthur and Charles Coburn. Directed by Sam Wood and scripted by Norman Krasna, the film was the product of an independent collaboration between Krasna and producer Frank Ross (Jean Arthur's husband). Their short-lived production company released two films through RKO Radio Pictures (Miss Jones and 1943's A Lady Takes a Chance). The film was well received by critics upon its release and garnered Academy Award nominations for Coburn and Krasna.
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Cantankerous tycoon John P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) goes undercover as a shoe clerk at his own New York department store to identify agitators trying to form a union, after seeing a newspaper picture of his employees hanging him in effigy. He befriends fellow clerk Mary Jones (Jean Arthur) and her recently fired boyfriend Joe O'Brien (Robert Cummings), a labor union organizer. Through his firsthand experiences, he grows more sympathetic to the needs of his workers, while finding unexpected love with sweet-natured clerk Elizabeth Ellis (Spring Byington).
Jean Arthur as Mary Jones, store clerk
Robert Cummings as Joe O'Brien
Charles Coburn as John P. Merrick, richest man in the world
Edmund Gwenn as Hooper, section manager
Spring Byington as Elizabeth Ellis, clerk
S.Z. Sakall as George (Merrick's Butler)
William Demarest as First Detective
Walter Kingsford as Mr. Allison, store manager
Montagu Love as Harrison
Richard Carle as Oliver
Charles Waldron as Needles
Edwin Maxwell as Withers
Edward McNamara as Police Desk Sergeant
Robert Emmett Keane as Tom Higgins
Florence Bates as store shopper
Pat Flaherty as Mark - Policeman with Pickpocket
Irving Cummings as
Minta Durfee as customer
William Elmer as Attendant at Jim's Bath House
Frank Mills as attendant at Third Bath House
Victor Potel as attendant at First Bath House
Walter Tetley as Stock Boy
Frank Ross and Norman Krasna decided to produce a movie together starring Jean Arthur for $600,000 borrowed from the bank. The script was written in ten weeks and then Sam Wood came on board as director. Krasna described the experience of making the film as one of the best in his career.
The film made a profit of $117,000.
Academy Award nominations
Best Supporting Actor - Charles Coburn
Best Original Screenplay - Norman Krasna
Adaptations to other media
On November 14, 1941, Philip Morris Playhouse presented The Devil and Miss Jones. The adaptation starred Lana Turner. The story was also adapted as a radio play on two broadcasts of Lux Radio Theater, first on January 19, 1942 with Lana Turner and Lionel Barrymore, then on March 12, 1945 with Linda Darnell and Frank Morgan. It was also adapted twice on The Screen Guild Theater, first on June 7, 1943 with Laraine Day, Charles Coburn and George Murphy, again on August 12, 1946 with Van Johnson and Donna Reed. It was also adapted on the October 23, 1946 broadcast of Academy Award Theater, starring Charles Coburn and Virginia Mayo.