Review: ‘The Devil and Miss Jones’

In a foreword, audiences are informed that this is a fanciful and imaginative story, put on the record mainly for amusement purposes. The Devil and Miss Jones then unwinds a light and fluffy tale of the richest man in the world who loses his stern front through association with the employees of one of his enterprises - a department store.

In a foreword, audiences are informed that this is a fanciful and imaginative story, put on the record mainly for amusement purposes. The Devil and Miss Jones then unwinds a light and fluffy tale of the richest man in the world who loses his stern front through association with the employees of one of his enterprises – a department store.

Jean Arthur is the Miss Jones, a decidedly personable salesgirl who takes the elderly shoe clerk under her wing to guide him through the intricacies of store routine. Charles Coburn is the richest man who steps into the store job incognito to ferret out the leaders of a union organization.

Coburn’s performance as the millionaire who gradually unbends stands out as a fine characterization. Arthur excellently grooves as the salesgirl, but Robert Cummings’ characterization is over-sketched in the main as a union organiser. Sam Wood injects deft direction with human byplay to lift the script considerably.

1941: Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Charles Coburn), Original Screenplay

The Devil and Miss Jones

Production

RKO. Director Sam Wood; Producer Frank Ross; Screenplay Norman Krasna; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Sherman Todd

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Jean Arthur Charles Coburn Robert Cummings Edmund Gwenn S.Z. Sakall Spring Byington
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