Up Jumped the Devil (film)

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Up Jumped the Devil
Directed by William Beaudine
Starring Mantan Moreland
Release date
  • 1941 (1941)
Running time
62 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Up Jumped the Devil is a 1941 American comedy film directed by William Beaudine.[1]


Washington and Jefferson are two criminals who are just released from prison. They look for jobs to avoid being arrested for vagrancy. When reading an ad in the paper they find out that Mrs. Brown, a wealthy woman, looks for a butler and a maid. Jefferson decides to apply for the job as butler, while he convinces Washington to dress up as a woman in order to get the job as maid. As they work in her mansion they stumble upon Bad News Johnson, a crook they knew from their prison days and who eventually recognizes them. He tries to make them come along and trick Mrs. Brown.


  • Mantan Moreland as Washington.
  • Maceo Bruce Sheffield as Bad News Johnson
  • Shelton Brooks as Jefferson
  • Laurence Criner as Sheriff
  • Myrtle Fortune
  • Patsy Hunter
  • Millie Monroe
  • Suzette Harbin
  • Avanelle Harris


  1. ^ "Up Jumped the Devil". Matinee Classics. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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