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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:
(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:
The third film in Capra's unofficial trilogy is darkly wonderful. 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Frank Capra's first choice for the role of Ann Mitchell was Ann Sheridan. However, she was vetoed by Warner Bros. in a contract dispute.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Governor sits, the ear piece of his glasses changes position between shots.See more »
Quotes:
The Colonel:Get a hold of some dough and the first thing that happens to a guy is he wants to go into a restaurant and sit down to a table and eat salad and cupcakes and tea. Boy, what that kind of food does to your system!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Farmer in the DellSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The third film in Capra's unofficial trilogy is darkly wonderful., 4 March 2008
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

After doing Mr Deeds Goes To Town and Mr Smith Goes To Washington for Columbia, Capra quit and made this third film about an average Joe thrust into a powerful world where exploitation is high on the agenda, but in true Capra style the story unfolds to a customary flip flop triumph.

Ann Mitchell is a struggling journalist who gets fired from her newspaper job by new editor Henry Connell, by way of venting her frustrations she writes in her stinging last article about a man called John Doe who is tired of being pushed around and held back by the big bosses, she finishes the piece by claiming that Doe will commit suicide on Christmas Eve by leaping off the roof of city hall, the public react to the letter with tremendous heart and Doe becomes a champion of the people.

After Connell gets interested in the letter Ann has to confess that she made it up, they hatch a plan to turn a real unemployed drop out into John Doe so as to continue the story and sell more papers, and of course Ann gets to keep her job. This brings in ex minor league pitcher Long John Willoughby, who is down on his luck and very short of cash, and this is when the story shifts from amiable comedy on to a much darker path, the result making for a riveting watch.

Whilst not being up with the best Capra films in his armoury, it is, however, one of his smartest. The portrayal of the human spirit in many guises is stark and poignant, whilst thematically Capra got his point over about the unsavoury elements blossoming in America. The cast are nailed on watchable, Gary Cooper is John Doe, the right amount of sympathy and guts is garnered from his performance, and in one rousing speech he has the viewers in the palm of his hand. Barbara Stanwyck is Ann Mitchell and she delivers a great turn that calls for a number of emotions to be performed convincingly, while the support cast are all solid with the stand out a bizarrely unnerving Edward Arnold as D B. Norton; a man wishing to be a dictator if ever there was one. 10/10

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