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The Devil and Miss Jones
Directed by Sam Wood • 1941 • United States
Starring Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn
This class-conscious screwball charmer blends vivacious wit with an unapologetic message of working-class solidarity. When he learns that the employees of a department store he owns are planning to unionize, John P. Merrick (Charles Coburn), the richest man in the world, goes undercover as a shoe salesman in order to bring down their plot from the inside. But as he’s won over by selfless salesgirl Mary Jones (Jean Arthur) and her labor-organizer boyfriend (Robert Cummings), the millionaire is gradually transformed from ruthless capitalist to man of the people.