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?
Although the film seemed poised to make a handsome profit for Frank Capra
and Robert Riskin
, under federal laws at the time they were required to pay taxes on the income before the profits even came in. Without studio overhead and a steady stream of pictures to keep money rolling in, they had to dissolve their corporation simply to pay taxes on the film. Capra would have to postpone his dream of producing his own films for years because of that. 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
Long John Willoughby
Hey, stop worryin', Colonel, fifty bucks ain't gonna ruin me.
I've seen plenty of fellas start out with fifty bucks and wind up with a *bank* account!
Hey, what's wrong with a bank account, anyway?
And let me tell you, Long John, when you become a guy with a bank account, they gotcha! Yes sir, they gotcha!
Who's got him?
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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