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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
Robert Presnell Sr. (based on a story by) ...
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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:
(25 articles)
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)

Glenn Beck's New Job: Movie Producer
 (From Rolling Stone. 16 April 2014, 10:40 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Pollyanna eh? See more (78 total) »

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: During the montage showing John Doe Clubs gaining in popularity, closeups of a map are shown with flags being pinned up for every new club. At the end of the montage, the camera pulls back to show a map of the entire US. However, the final map has substantially fewer flags pinned to it than what was shown during the closeups.See more »
Quotes:
The Colonel:$5,000. Holy mackerel! I can see the helots coming now. A whole army of them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
California, Here I ComeSee more »

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59 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Pollyanna eh?, 9 April 1999
Author: David Fiore (d_fiore@alcor.concordia.ca) from Verdun, Quebec

This film offers a standing rebuke to critics who use the term "Capracorn". None of Capra's films are as blindly optimistic as is often argued, but this one is a pitch-black jeremiad against manipulation by the media. The mob scene at the "John Doe" convention is one of the powerful scenes ever filmed. Stanwyck is incredible as reporter Anne Mitchell. She is one of the great actresses of the century, and she always did her best work Capra, whose female characters are generally more compelling to the women we get in the movies of our "liberated" era. Cooper is fantastic as a truly "average" guy who is "awakened" by his experience with the John Doe movement, and Edward Arnold is absolutely terrifying in the role of Fascist D.B. Norton. This film is even more relevant today than when it was made, and I would argue that it should be viewed in high schools across the continent. Capra is asking his viewers to think critically of EVERYTHING they hear on the radio or see in papers or hear from elites, and amen to that!

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