The Devil and Miss Jones

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Sam Wood
Production: RKO Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min



I have a few shares of steel stock.

I would be happy if it went up a little.

If anyone asks you George.

You're not a typical working man.

No sir.

Dr. Schindler made up your pepsin

into sticks of chewing gum sir.

He thought that you would like the change.

You are to have one every hour on the hour.

You will find them in your lower left breast pocket.

Huh? It's time for one now.

Look at their faces.

Moron! Sheep.

No wonder you can convince them of anything.

How I'd like to hear one of

those troublemakers talking.

I'd show him.

Mr. Merrick!

Why not?

I'd like to see them operate.

Your stomach.

I'll be one of them.

Mix with them. Let them talk to me.

Why these idiots.

I'd play with them like a cat and mouse.

Oh my....

George, my name is...Thomas Higgins.

Young lady, could you direct me

to the section manager.

He's right over there. See?

Standing at the little desk?

Thank you.

There you are, madam.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

And what can I do for you sir?

Oh, uh. I'm working here.

I'm a new salesman.

You're Higgins?


"Yes, sir"

Yes, sir.



In the intelligence test you took

this morning your rating was 66.

That's one point over...

the lowest passing grade.


There must be some mistake.

I answered all the questions.

You might have answered some of them wrong.

That's possible isn't it?

I said that's possible, isn't it?

Yes it is.


We never make mistakes, Higgins.

Neeleys is always right.

This is the lowest intelligence rating

in my department.

I hope you have other qualities

to compensate for it.

For your own sake.

Miss jones.

Don't lean against my desk.

And remove your hat.


Miss jones, I'm assigning Higgins to slippers.

Show him your duties.

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Norman Krasna

Norman Krasna (November 7, 1909 – November 1, 1984) was an American screenwriter, playwright, producer, and film director. He is best known for penning screwball comedies which centered on a case of mistaken identity. Krasna also directed three films during a forty-year career in Hollywood. He garnered four Academy Award screenwriting nominations, winning once for 1943's Princess O'Rourke, a film he also directed. more…

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