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Meet John Doe Overview:

Meet John Doe (1941) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra.

The film was based on the short story A Reputation written by Richard Connell published in Century Magazine in Aug 1922.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingRichard Connell, Robert PresnellNominated
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Meet John Doe (1941, Frank Capra)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 19, 2016 From The Stop Button

There’s something off with Meet John Doe. Director Capra can’t find a tone for the film, but he also can’t find a pace for it. He tries to find the tone, over and over, usually with excellently directed sequences, but he just throws up his hands as far as finding the pace. If Rober... Read full article


Meet John Doe (1941, Frank Capra)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 19, 2016 From The Stop Button

There’s something off with Meet John Doe. Director Capra can’t find a tone for the film, but he also can’t find a pace for it. He tries to find the tone, over and over, usually with excellently directed sequences, but he just throws up his hands as far as finding the pace. If Rober... Read full article


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Quotes from

Mayor Hawkins: Why, Bert. I feel slighted. I'd like to join, but nobody asked me.
Sourpuss Smithers: I'm sorry, Mayor, but we voted that no politician could join.
Mrs. Hansen: Just the John Does of the neighborhood because you know how politicians are.


The Colonel: I've seen guys like you before. Guys that never had to worry. Then they get a hold of some dough and go goofy.


Mayor Hawkins: No you can't see him, you didn't vote for me in the last election. Shame on you.


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Facts about

Contrary to popular belief, there is no "longer" version of this film. The film has always run 123 minutes. However, the original publicity erroneously stated it was 132 minutes; the publicist accidentally flipped the last two numbers. For years, historians assumed that all reissue prints had been cut by 9 minutes, until an original fine grain master was uncovered, and also turned out to run 123 minutes. This is the only running time for the film.
Frank Capra didn't want anyone to play John Doe except Gary Cooper, who agreed to the part (without reading a script) for two reasons: he had enjoyed working with Capra on Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and he wanted to work with Barbara Stanwyck.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 28, 1941 with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward Arnold reprising their film roles.
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