The Devil and Miss Jones

Hollywood: RKO Radio Pictures, 1940. Final script for the 1941 screwball comedy film.

A key film in the American screwball comedy cycle, with proletarian elements deftly woven into a hilarious, smart, and blizzard-paced story. Nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay.

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).

Pink titled wrappers, noted as FINAL SCRIPT on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 112, dated November 26, 1940, with credits for screenwriter Krasna. Holograph pencil annotations on the front wrapper indicating that the script should be returned to the Warner Brothers Story Department. Distribution page present, with receipt intact. Title page integral with the first page of the text, with credits for screenwriter Krasna. 182 leaves, mimeograph duplication, with blue revision pages dated 3/4/41 and 3/6/41. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good bound with three gold brads.


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