The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)


“You… Benedict Arnold in sheep’s clothing! ” – Mary Jones

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The owner of a department store goes undercover as a new employee in order to try and stop a walk out by his workers.

My Take on it – This is a movie that that has interesting idea that has been copied many times over in the nearly 80 years since this was made.

They do a nice job of presenting this story and it works quite well.

Charles Coburn is very fun in the lead role and he is able to play this character with lots of energy despite his size and age and it makes things even more enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

They do a nice job integrating the idea of a workers strike when seeking a way for management to appreciate their work more and is comes across quite realistically.

For some strange reason Coburn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor even though he is clearly undeniably the lead here.

The dialogue is quite witty and that also adds so much to the enjoyment of this whole idea.

As I mentioned earlier, this premise has been copied quite often over the years but this version still stands up despite that fact which says a lot for the way this was done.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works quite well. Coburn is very fun in the lead role and manages to play a character with so much energy despite his age and size that it makes things even funnier to watch. The way that they integrate the idea of striking workers looking for a way to be more appreciated by management works well here.  Somehow Coburn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance here despite the fact that he is unquestionably the lead.  Witty dialogue also helps keep this very fun the whole way through. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Careful inspection of the interior set of Merrick’s mansion reveals it to be the Xanadu set of the recently shot RKO picture ‘Citizen Kane’. The fireplace behind the Merrick’s desk with its unique herring-bone brick pattern is the tip-off. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1941 | MovieRob

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