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Rumoer op de afdeling pantoffels (1941)

The Devil and Miss Jones (original title)
AL | | 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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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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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumoer op de afdeling pantoffels See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 23, 1946 with Charles Coburn reprising his film role. See more »

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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

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 »

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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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Pre-War Populism
23 January 2005 | by B24See all my reviews

Comments about movies like this from the Great Depression years frequently allude to radical or left-wing political themes. Such views miss the point. Producer Sam Wood went on to espouse a decidedly anti-communist stance in his capacity as a spokesman for the movie industry before the House Unamerican Activities Committee just before his death in 1949. A quick look back at all the movies he produced will set the record straight. Like Ronald Reagan after him, he was never a socialist but rather an old-fashioned American Populist, more in the vein of Theodore Roosevelt and William Jennings Bryan than a Eugene Debs or Mother Jones. A streak of anti-foreign Nativism is there as well, combined with the Protestant Ethic and Frontier Individualism.

Thus the theme of this film -- labor vs. management -- is resolved through an exercise in solidly pragmatic conflict resolution rather than any victory for revolutionary ideology. Similar themes are to be found in contemporaneous films like "The Grapes of Wrath" or "Sullivan's Travels." While not as lofty as those two, "The Devil and Miss Jones" is a wonderful comedy with a purpose, entirely consonant with its time.


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