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?
Four different endings were filmed, but all were ultimately deemed unsatisfactory during previews. A letter from an audience member suggested a fifth ending, which Frank Capra
liked and used in the finished film. 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
D. B. Norton
You'll play your cards right and you'll never have to worry about money again.
Beer Barrel Polka
Music by Jaromir Vejvoda
English lyrics by Lew Brown
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