Oscar Movies: Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

RKO

Writer Norman Krasna said that he based his story on his personal experience as an employee at Macy’s while he was a student.

The tale concerns the millionaire owner of a department store (played by Charles Coburn), who goes incognito as a sales clerk to find out the source of the unrest and dissatisfaction among his employees.

The simplistic story is helped by two romances, the first between Jean Arthur (Miss Jones) and Robert Cuummings, and the second between Coburn and Spring Byington.

The direction by Sam Wood, who is humorless, leaves much to be desired, but the supporting cast offers some compensation with such accomplished thespians as

Edmund Gwenn, S. Z. Sakall, and William Demerest.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Supporting Actor: Charles Coburn

Original Screenplay: Norman Krasna

 

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Supporting Actor was Donald Crisp for How Green Was My Valley.

Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz won the Original Screenplay Oscar for Citizen Kane.