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.

SYNOPSIS

With Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), this is Capra's third Depression-era parable illustrating the decency of the common man triumphing over cynicism, big money influence, and power. A suicidal down-and-outer, "John Doe" (Cooper), is manipulated by an ambitious politician (Arnold) and a newspaper writer (Stanwyck) to appeal to the masses, only to discover too late the nature of the deception. Capra and frequent collaborator Riskin's ode to populism once again makes its points with well-drawn characters, wonderful performances, and a number of powerful scenes, including a giant rally in the rain where Cooper is denounced as a fraud.

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

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingRichard Connell, Robert PresnellNominated
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Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in “Meet John Doe”

By Stephen Reginald on Sep 16, 2021 From Classic Movie Man

Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in “Meet John Doe” Meet John Doe (1941) is a comedy-drama directed by Frank Capra and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The screenplay is by frequent Capra collaborator, Robert Riskin. The cinematography is by George Barnes (Rebecca) and the... Read full article


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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

D. B. Norton: You'll play your cards right and you'll never have to worry about money again.


Mayor Hawkins: O.K. folks, but remember your manners. No stampeding. Walk slow, like you do when you come to pay your taxes.


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

"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.
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.
The first film Frank Capra produced independent of the Hollywood studios.
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