As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement. At last everyone, even Ann, takes her creation seriously...but publisher D.B. Norton has a secret plan. Written by
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ALL AMERICA WANTS TO MEET THE "MR. DEEDS" OF 1941! (original print media ad - all caps)
3 May 1941 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Frank Capra's 'Meet John Doe'
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(RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
The original copyright was apparently never renewed, and the film fell into public domain, with the result that a multitude of low cost, low quality, VHS and dupes flooded the videotape market, and were broadcast by independent cable and television stations who did not have access to the original material. See more
The collar of John Doe's coat is alternately up and down between shots when Ann is persuading him not to jump off the roof. See more
[Discussing the contract with John Doe
On December 26th, you get one railroad ticket... out of town. And the Bulletin agrees to pay to have your arm fixed. That's what you want, isn't it?
Long John Willoughby
Yeah, but, it's gotta be by "Bonesetter" Brown.
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THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Performed by Hall Johnson Choir See more