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Meet John Doe

Year:
Duration:
USA:122 min
Genres:
Comedy | Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
7.7
Director:
Frank Capra
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar.
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1941-05-03
Filming Locations: Stage 22, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Meet John Doe
Gary Cooper
John Doe
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
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
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)
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)
Did you know?
Trivia
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 (1940)
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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 (1936) and he wanted to work with Barbara Stanwyck.
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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.
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Goofs
The collar of John Doe's coat is alternately up and down between shots when Ann is persuading him not to jump off the roof.
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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.
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When the Governor sits, the ear piece of his glasses changes position between shots.
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Quotes
Henry Connel: There you are, Norton - - the people, try and lick that.
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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!
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Henry Connel: Listen, if that guy lays an egg I want to get *something* out of it! I'm getting a Jane Doe ready.
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