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Meet John Doe -- A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Connell (based on a story by) and
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Release Date:
3 May 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
ALL AMERICA WANTS TO MEET THE "MR. DEEDS" OF 1941! (original print media ad - all caps)
Plot:
A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(26 articles)
New on Video: ‘It Happened One Night’
 (From SoundOnSight. 28 November 2014, 9:04 AM, PST)

Barbara Stanwyck: The Real Best Actress of 1941
 (From FilmExperience. 28 May 2014, 8:50 AM, PDT)

What does 1941 mean to you? (The Smackdown Cometh!)
 (From FilmExperience. 21 May 2014, 8:04 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... John Doe

Barbara Stanwyck ... Ann Mitchell

Edward Arnold ... D.B. Norton

Walter Brennan ... The 'Colonel'

Spring Byington ... Mrs. Mitchell

James Gleason ... Henry

Gene Lockhart ... Mayor Lovett

Rod La Rocque ... Ted Sheldon
Irving Bacon ... Beany

Regis Toomey ... Bert (credit only)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... 'Sourpuss'
Warren Hymer ... Angelface
Harry Holman ... Mayor Hawkins
Andrew Tombes ... Spencer
Pierre Watkin ... Hammett
Stanley Andrews ... Weston
Mitchell Lewis ... Bennett
Charles C. Wilson ... Charlie Dawson (as Charles Wilson)
Vaughan Glaser ... Governor

Sterling Holloway ... Dan
M.J. Frankovich ... Radio Announcer (as Mike Frankovich)
Knox Manning ... Radio Announcer
John B. Hughes ... Radio Announcer
Hall Johnson Choir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Andre ... American Girl (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Grubbel (uncredited)
American Legion Band ... Musical Ensemble (uncredited)
Evelyn Barlow ... (uncredited)
Benny Bartlett ... Red (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Secretary (uncredited)
Max Blum ... (uncredited)

Aldrich Bowker ... Pop Dwyer (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Club Member (uncredited)
Fritzi Brunette ... (uncredited)
Earle D. Bunn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lucia Carroll ... (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... (uncredited)
Howard Chase ... Electrician (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Cop with Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
St. Brendan's Boy Choir ... Vocal Ensemble (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Cop Guarding Ann (uncredited)
Mildred Coles ... Secretary (uncredited)
Alan Copeland ... Choirboy (uncredited)
Madge Crane ... Mrs. Brewster (uncredited)
Floyd Criswell ... Electrician (uncredited)
Billy Curtis ... Midget (uncredited)
Daisy ... The Mitchells' Dog (uncredited)

Harry Davenport ... Former Bulletin Owner (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Electrician (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... (uncredited)
Evelyn Dockson ... (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Hansen (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Radio Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Hawkins (uncredited)
Carl Ekberg ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... GOP Man (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Reporter (uncredited)
Walter Findon ... (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Mike (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mattie (uncredited)
Fern Formica ... Midget (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Governor's Associate (uncredited)
Charles K. French ... Fired Reporter (uncredited)
Galan Galt ... (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Photographer (uncredited)
Inez Gay ... (uncredited)
Ethel Gilstrom ... (uncredited)
William Gould ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Tall Autograph Hound (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... (uncredited)
Jay Guedillio ... (uncredited)
Alfred Hall ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Donald Hall ... (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Jim (uncredited)
Kenneth Harlan ... Publicity Man (uncredited)
James Harrison ... (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Bum (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Radio Station Audience Member (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... (uncredited)
John Ince ... Doctor (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Radio Announcer at Convention (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Carlotta Jelm ... Ann's Sister (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Man in Radio Audience (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Wall Street Tycoon (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Relief Administrator (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Melvin Lang ... Foreign Dignitary (uncredited)
Florence Lawler ... (uncredited)
Walter Linden ... Photographer (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... (uncredited)
Anna Luther ... (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Eddie (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Foreign Dignitary (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Attendant (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... (uncredited)
Joe McGuinn ... (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... (uncredited)
Lafe McKee ... Mr. Delaney (uncredited)
James McNamara ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Joe (uncredited)
Claire Meade ... (uncredited)
George Melford ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Frank Meredith ... Guard (uncredited)
Dave Miller and His New York French Casino Band ... Musical Ensemble (uncredited)
James Millican ... Photographer (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... City Hall Janitor (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Man at Stadium Rally (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... (uncredited)
Clark Morgan ... (uncredited)
Gene Morgan ... Mug (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Guard (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Legislator (uncredited)
Gail Newbray ... Phone Operator (uncredited)
Mrs. Wilfrid North ... (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Sign Painter (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Delegate (uncredited)
Susan Peters ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)
Elsa Peterson ... (uncredited)
Hal Price ... (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Man in Diner (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Radio Technician (uncredited)
Don Roberts ... (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Chamber of Commerce Member (uncredited)
Thomas W. Ross ... (uncredited)
Sally Sage ... (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Guard (uncredited)
Sada Simmons ... (uncredited)
Russell Simpson ... (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Barrington (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Democrat (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Democrat (uncredited)

Vera Steadman ... (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Radio Station Audience Member (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Mrs. Delaney (uncredited)
Tina Thayer ... Ann's Sister (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... D.B.'s Butler (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... John Doe Applicant (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Guard (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Bixler (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... (uncredited)
Lillian West ... (uncredited)
Bernard Wheeler ... (uncredited)
Leo White ... (uncredited)
Ed Williams ... (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Diner Patron / Radio Station Audience Member (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Delegate (uncredited)
Maris Wrixon ... Autograph Hound (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
 
Writing credits
Richard Connell (based on a story by) and
Robert Presnell Sr. (based on a story by) (as Robert Presnell)

Robert Riskin (screen play)

Myles Connolly  contributor to dialogue and screenplay constuction (uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Robert Riskin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Costume Design by
Natalie Visart (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mack Elliott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage effects
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hall Johnson .... choral arrangements
George Bassman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Simon Bucharoff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Reese .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Erbes .... rain effects: supervisor (uncredited)
William S. Holman .... general manager (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies .... production advisor (uncredited)
Arthur Turelly .... instructor: harmonica, Gary Cooper (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Capra's 'Meet John Doe'" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
USA:122 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6560) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Regarding the 'sweet potatoes' that Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan play, in addition to "Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life For Me)", from "Pinocchio": Brennan alone plays this on an ocarina (sweet potato), but Cooper plays a small harmonica. The tune they play as a duet, while Barbara Stanwyck is interviewing them, is The "William Tell Overture, Finale" by Rossini (The Lone Ranger Theme). Cooper explains the reason Brennan likes him is that they both play 'Doohickeys'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ann is struggling to write John Doe's radio speech, she balls up one draft and throws the paper on the floor in disgust. The dog picks up the crumpled paper and approaches the apparently empty wastebasket. After the cut, when the dog drops the paper into the wastebasket, the wastebasket is full.See more »
Quotes:
Long John Willoughby:[addressing the public] Why can't that spirit, that warm Christmas spirit, last all year long?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Finished (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAMESee more »

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Forgotten And Anonymous Get A Voice, 23 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Meet John Doe was rudely jerked back into relevance in the Nineties by the emergence of a third party presidential candidate, wealthy enough to finance his own campaign, who ran in two presidential elections.

H.Ross Perot and Edward Arnold's D.B. Norton have some definite similarities. Both men of wealth, both ego maniacal enough to try and eschew the normal political route to the White House. Both firmly convinced they are what the USA needs.

Perot for all those graphs and charts didn't have much going for him in his candidacy other than a grudge against the Bush family. Although his platform isn't spelled out in Meet John Doe, Arnold says quite bluntly there's a new order of things coming and America needs a firm hand in the leadership. 'New Order' in 1941 meant fascism.

There's a marvelous bit of imagery that Frank Capra give us right at the beginning, it's one of my favorite moments in his films. The image of the old Daily Bulletin sign being sandblasted away about a free press guaranteeing a free people and vice versa. Replacing it is something about the new Daily Bulletin being a streamlined paper for the modern era.

Streamlining involves layoffs and the new editor James Gleason is giving out pink slips a plenty. One goes to Barbara Stanwyck who writes an innocuous chatty column. Gleason won't listen to her pleas so she fakes an anonymous letter from a man who signs it John Doe who threatens to jump off the City Hall Tower on Christmas Eve.

Stanwyck gets more than she bargained for and she and Gleason have to come up with a real John Doe. A sore armed former baseball pitcher, Gary Cooper, fills the bill.

This gets bigger and bigger and soon Arnold sees possibilities in it. Cooper goes on radio and delivers some homilies about love thy neighbor and being kind to others. He puts it over and a John Doe movement on these principles commences.

Homilies and bromides they may be. But love thy neighbor is a concept that should never go out of style. As is proved it's quite a bit bigger than the political aspirations of a snake.

This was the first teaming of Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. They followed it up with Ball of Fire another classic. Said to say that their third film, Blowing Wild, from the fifties hardly lived up to the first two.

Capra used a whole lot of familiar faces from his previous films in Meet John Doe. Also one new face who made his one and only Capra film, Cooper's good friend on screen and in life, Walter Brennan. He's Coop's cynical traveling companion on the open road, the Colonel.

Edward Arnold is one cold and sinister force in this film. I'm not sure but that this may be his penultimate role as a screen villain. His ambitions here would warrant that appraisal.

One performance I like is that of Regis Toomey. He plays a soda jerk who starts a John Doe Club in his small town. He has some great lines that he delivers simply and eloquently about how Cooper's first radio speech inspired him to really get to know some of the neighbors he had not bothered with before.

The lessons of Meet John Doe are simple and profound. Love Thy Neighbor and be kind to others are taught in all major religions and philosophies and the power is there when its focused. The other lesson I like is that the ordinary common people have a lot more in common than the things that divide them, be it race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, you name it.

Meet John Doe is a profound and moving film, but I be it's not one of H. Ross Perot's favorites.

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