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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

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.


Ann: If it was raining hundred dollar bills, you'd be out looking for a dime you lost someplace!


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.


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Facts about

The tune that the main characters constantly play on their sweet potatoes is "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me)" from Pinocchio
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.
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'.
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