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"The Devil and Miss Jones" - Fri., April 19


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One of Jean Arthur's very best movies (in my opinion) -- THE DEVIL AND MISS JONES -- will be shown in the overnight hours on Friday, April 19. If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss it.

 

It's the story of a very rich man, played by the great Charles Coburn, who goes undercover at a department store he owns to ferret out the employees who want to unionize. Ms. Arthur is one of those employees, as is Spring Byington, and Bob Cummings plays a former colleague who's the union organizer. Edmund Gwenn and William Demarest provide their usually fine support in smaller roles. It's not giving away too much to say that Coburn's character is humanized by his contact with the others, as he learns to love and appreciate them.

 

It's a very funny movie that's also very sweet. Why it's not more well known, I can't understand -- I think it's one of the best movies of its type. I'm always sorry when it ends, which to me is the mark of a great movie.

 

Anyway, if you haven't seen it, take a chance on it -- there's a very good chance that you'll really like it.

 

(If you become as much of a fan of it as I am, you can now get a recently released DVD or Blu-ray from Olive Films, with beautiful picture quality.)

 

Edited by: BingFan on Apr 19, 2013 12:42 AM

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It is the first Jean Arthur movie I ever saw, and still one of my favorites. I instantly became enamored of her, and placed her on my list of favorite actresses. The movie has many of my favorite moments in film, including the scene at the police station where Bob Cummings dissects the entire staff, and turns them from arrogant and bullying to timid and cringing; and the scene where Jean Arthur tries to nerve herself up to knocking out Charles Coburn in the shoe storeroom.

 

But my favorite, and one of the great moments in movie history, is the scene in the managers' office, where, after being tricked out of the list of employees who support a union, she gathers herself and leaps across the manager's desk to grab it from his hands. It is magnificent. I have never seen anybody, let alone another actress, do the like.

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WHOA, WHOA, WHOA!!! They're gonna show WHAT on TCM???!!!

 

(...oh...wait...you said "AND Miss Jones", not "IN Miss Jones" here, didn't ya...sorry...never mind...funny what a difference one little change from a conjunction to a preposition can make sometimes, isn't it!)

 

;)

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>...what, did a 'bad' dream wake you up?

 

 

Now Twink! Considering the detour I've momentarily taken this thread on, shouldn't your inquiry here be if I've just awaken from a "WET" dream????

 

LOL

 

(...though in EITHER case, the answer would be, no) ;)

 

Edited by: Dargo2 on Apr 19, 2013 12:01 AM

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And to get this baby back on track...

 

I have to say I've never seen this Jean Arthur flick, but seein' as how I've always really liked her, AND that the premise sounds entertaining, I'm lookin' forward to watchin' it tomorrow.

 

(...or at the very least, record it so I can watch it later)

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One thing you can be confident of is that Devil and Matter will air again in the not distant future.

 

 

Another note: on Thursday, April, 25 at 10am TCM will air Too Many Husbands. Not so good a movie as Devil, but Jean Arthur sparkles in it.

 

 

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I sometimes get those 2 titles mixed up. I have to watch myself before I type (LOL)......so I understand. Never saw the IN one, but I remember it! :D

 

I wasnt aware of the AND one until years later (LOL)....

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> {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}I sometimes get those 2 titles mixed up. I have to watch myself before I type (LOL)......so I understand. Never saw the IN one, but I remember it! :D

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> I wasnt aware of the AND one until years later (LOL)...

 

How do you remember it, but never saw it??? ?:|

 

Did you act in it? ;) (I don't know, Hibi, you did write about John Holmes in another forum's thread...)

Are you like one of those actors that appears in a flick but doesn't like watching the movie afterward??? :P

 

Anyway, silliness aside, who knows why the porn product was titled what it was???

Maybe the 1941 film and the naming of the 1973 porn film are totally unrelated??

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Apr 19, 2013 12:24 PM

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