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Georgina Spelvin

Spelvin was 36 when she made the film.  The Devil in Miss Jones was one of her first acting appearances following a career as a chorus girl on Broadway where she featured in productions such as Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, and The Pajama Game.

Her role in The Devil In Miss Jones was typical of her career, as she often played celibate spinsters who have a sexual awakening, then become sex fiends (e.g. Sleepyhead).   She also meets a tragic end in several of her other films.  The film marked the first time she used the moniker Georgina Spelvin, a reference to George Spelvin, a traditional stagename.  According to her interview on Dave's Old Porn, Spelvin also did the craft services and cooking on the set. The actress billed in the movie as Claire Lumiere was hired to do craft services only, but was offered $100 to do a lesbian scene with Spelvin, which she accepted.

In an audio interview with The Rialto Report in 2013, Spelvin spoke about how she and Lumiere were lovers at the time and they accepted the adult film work as a means of raising money for their film collective.

Box office

The movie was given an X rating by the MPAA and premiered at the 57th Street Playhouse in New York City.   In many theaters it was shown after Deep Throat as part of a double bill.[9] The Devil In Miss Jones broke the box office record for a pornographic film.  It was more commercially successful than both Deep Throat and Behind the Green Door, and successfully competed against mainstream films.   It earned $15 million in gross rental at the U.S. box office, making it the tenth most successful film of 1973, just behind Paper Moon with Ryan O'Neal and Live and Let Die with Roger Moore.

Critical reception

As with the other films of the porno chic era, it was reviewed by the film critics of mainstream newspapers.  The film's review in Variety said that, "With The Devil in Miss Jones, the hard-core porno feature approaches an art form, one that critics may have a tough time ignoring in the future", and compared its plot to Jean-Paul Sartre's play No Exit.  The review went on to say, "Damiano has expertly fashioned a bizarre melodrama", and described the opening scene as, "a sequence so effective it would stand out in any legit theatrical feature.”   It finished by stating, "Booking a film of this technical quality into a standard sex house is tantamount to throwing it on the trash heap of most current hard-core fare.”

According to Peter Michelson there is, "a relatively small corpus of [pornographic] films - e.g., Deep Throat, Devil in Miss Jones, Behind the Green Door - that have a minimal but still sufficient artistic interest to distinguish themselves from the rest of the genre".

Other critics have described it as, along with Deep Throat, one of the "two best erotic motion pictures ever made".   William Friedkin has called it a "great film", partly because it was one of the few porn films with a proper storyline.  It was one of the first films to be inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame.

Soundtrack

The theme for the film was "I'm Comin' Home", sung by Linda November. Dialogue was heavily sampled on a track called "The Teacher" by electronic outfit Wave Mechanics in 1991 on the Oh'Zone label - the label who first released the acid house classic "Chime" by British electronic music pioneers Orbital before it became a crossover hit in the UK.

Cast:

Georgina Spelvin

Georgina Spelvin

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Justine Jones

John Clemens

John Clemens

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Abaca

Harry Reems

Harry Reems

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The Teacher (as Harry Reams)

Marc Stevens

Marc Stevens

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Second Guy with Justine (as Mark Stevens)

Levi Richards

Levi Richards

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Third Guy with Justine (as Rick Livermore)

Judith Hamilton

Judith Hamilton

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First Girl with Justine (as Clair Lumiere)

Sue Flaken

Sue Flaken

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Second Girl with Justine

Gerard Damiano

Gerard Damiano

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Man in Cell (as Albert Gork)