Friday, July 8, 2011

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

July 5, 2011

60. The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Starring Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Coburn, Edmund Gwenn, Spring Byington, S.Z. Sakall, William Demarest

Directed by Sam Wood

Plot: "A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead." (from IMDb)

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Despite the fact that the plot feels like one you've seen before—you know, the wealthy curmudgeon that encounters the populace and converts to simple living…or something like that—it's  saved by great performances by Charles Coburn and the supporting cast. That cast includes Jean Arthur (perfect in this type of role), Edmund Gwenn (playing a very un-Kris-Kringle-like role. Gwenn had such range as an actor and is always a lively presence), Spring Byington (her ever-loving self), and S.Z. Sakall (the blustering butler). Robert Cummings is perhaps the one weak note in an otherwise talented ensemble.

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Arthur and Coburn deliver some wonderful comedy (I especially like the scene where she is trying to muster courage to wop him over the head!)


If you enjoy '30s style Capra or just a good comedy, this is probably one that you’ll want to check out.


  1. I downloaded this movie, but there are no subtitles available and I need them, especially to follow the fast dialogs of the screwball comedies :) I really want to see it; I read in her biography that this was kind of an indie movie that she produced with her husband.

  2. I love that movie! One of my favorites with Jean Arthur.

  3. This is such a great movie! Jean Arthur is great in it but Charles Coburn really steals the show. So much fun :)

  4. Bummer about the subtitles. I don't think it's on DVD so they probably don't
    have them yet. I hope you get a chance to see it, though!

    Interesting about this being an indie film project for her. I didn't know

  5. I saw that this dvd is out now check out the sites below Thanks


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