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Gary Cooper as John Doe/Long John Willoughby; Barbara Stanwyck as Ann Mitchell; Edward Arnold as D.B. Norton; Walter Brennan as. In , Frank Capra's Meet John Doe was released in the United States a couple the supposed hero, Long John Willoughby alias John Doe, is a flawed character, .. film, instead of the video-look one could see in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. The basic plot of MEET JOHN DOE is a great one--John Doe, in a way, is a reality -show star. Just think about this--what if one of the Duck.
The newspaper's motto, which includes the words "free people" and "free press", is literally jackhammered off the side of a building not exactly a subtle touch from Capra. Ann decides to write her last column about a letter she supposedly received from a man who calls himself "John Doe".
This John Doe claims that he will jump off the roof of City Hall on the night of Christmas Eve in protest against the state of modern society. The column becomes a sensation, and Ann convinces the Bulletin's editor James Gleason to hire someone to fill the role of "John Doe". To stave off accusations that John Doe is a fake, Ann is personally hired by D.
Ann and John go on a nation-wide tour with Ann still writing everything John saysbacked by Norton. The media baron decides to hold a John Doe convention, for the purpose of having Doe "nominate" Norton as a third-party candidate for President. Just think about this--what if one of the Duck Dynasty people starting talking about politics? You could very easily make up a "John Doe" today, and he'd probably be as popular as Gary Cooper's in the first part of the film.
And how about D. A hard-charging, powerful, wealthy businessman who wants to start his own political party and be President? Unfortunately it has one major problem, which we shall get to. Long John tells Norton he will tell the delegates that they are being used. Norton fights back by going to the convention, revealing that Long John is a fake, and having his own personal police force, the "D. B Norton Troopers" black-clad guys who resemble the SS cutting off the public address system when Long John tries to speak.
The attendees at the convention all members of various John Doe Fan Clubs turn on their hero, and Long John is disgraced. Soon it is Christmas Eve In Atlas ShruggedFransisco d'Anconia marvels aloud at Jim Taggart's wedding at how many men named Smith or Gomez can afford to own large chunks of his company.
Of course, this just made him curious as to who was really behind those names. Many of them are at this very party. Later, he deliberately creates a panic that crashes his stock price. The Agatha Christie novel The Secret Adversary has the mastermind behind a Dirty Communist plot be known only to outsiders and even his own minions as Mr.
It works so well that Tuppence realizes she actually saw a clerk named Mr. Brown at one point, but doesn't remember a thing about him because he had such an ordinary name. When they take their first case as Blunt's Brilliant Detectives in Partners in Crime, Tommy deeply impresses his first client who admittedly, is a bit of an idiot by deducing that "Er Smith" isn't his real name.
Tommy, in Sherlock Holmes mode, goes on to expound that he doesn't know anyone called Smith, and is thinking of writing a monograph on the subject.
He's a bit taken aback when a real Smith appears by the end of the case. The main character lives his life in one false identity generated after another. When he meets a woman and starts teaching her the tricks of the trade, he tells her that she needs to have a fake name. It has to be something that you immediately forget, like Carpenter or McIntyre.Meet John Doe (1941) [Comedy]
In the non-fiction Courier From Warsaw the narrator's chosen pseudonym, Jan Nowak, turns out to be disadvantageous for covert work, because, since there are so many people with this name, one of them is bound to be on any given organisation persona non grata list, and explaining you're actually a different Jan Nowak takes valuable time, not to mention the risk of being more thoroughly checked-up.
She dislikes it because it is so bland and calls him "Daddy-Long-Legs" instead. His real name is eventually revealed to be Jervis Pendleton. The joke is that it was his real name. A man buys a rifle in a store under the name "John Smith". The clerk thinks "If I never saw me an alias before in my life, there's one there. In the TV series, Johnny Smith has constant problems of this nature. In one of the Deathlands novels, Ryan Cawdor secretly returns to the barony from which he was outlawed. One of his companions suggest he use the alias "John Doe", and Ryan is less than amused to be told it's a pre-Apocalypse term for "corpses that have no name".
A straight example in Different Seasons: Heinleinfrom a list of standard creche names. In one spy novel I think it was Jack Lane's Browning by David Gethin a secret agent gripes about trying to track down someone using the name John Smith, and asks why people can't have distinctive James Bond names like Moneypenny or Gotobed. This was the original intention behind the name James Bondbut the character became so iconic that the name now immediately makes you think of him.
Schmidt, and so on contracts to murder for profit. Inverted in William Tenn 's short "Lisbon Cubed": Alfred Smith's actual last name causes some alien spies to think he's the alien spy they were intending to meet, who had, of course, chosen the name Smith as a cover, and had previously occupied the same hotel room as Alfred. The Lord of the Rings: It backfires when he reaches Bree and meets a group of hobbits actually named Underhill who, being genealogy buffs a common interest among hobbits ask him detailed questions about this supposed lineage to try and find out how their families are related.
The protagonist takes the cover name of "David Daniel" and his girlfriend comments sardonically that at least it's more original than Smith. Wodehouse had a character named Rupert Smith, who was so dissatisfied with the commonness of his surname that he changed it to Psmith.
The "P" is silent, as in psychology. The Australian picture book Puzzle Worlds features numerous examples - Mr. In A Song of Ice and Fire: Stone", which is an obviously generic name in Westeros. Robert is the name of the previous king, making it especially common, and "Stone" is a generic surname for bastards from the Vale.
Jaime also thinks the last name may have come as a result of Kettleblack looking at the stone wall of the room as he answered. Qyburn calls his Frankenstein's monster of a knight "Ser Robert Strong". Robert, again, for the previous king, and Strong because he's, well, strong. There's also a House Strong which was effectively destroyed many years before.
The Solomons are aliens living incognito on Earth, and the males are literally named Tom, Dick, and Harry. At one point Don realizes this while using the phrase, and is met with paranoid looks by the family.
The s Western Alias Smith and Jones. The show and its name were inspired by the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid example. In the pilot episode of Are You Being Served? Lucas find a booklet that Captain Peacock dropped, indicating that he is a member of the Blue Cinema Club. His alias — Captain John Smith. In an episode of BergeracBergerac finds a man has checked into a hotel using the name "James Smythe", which Begerac remarks is nothing more than an upper-class version of "John Smith".
The episode "General Hospital" of Blackadder Goes Forth featured a man with an amazing German accent in a wartime hospital introducing himself as "Meeester Subverted in that he's a British spy, named Brigadier Humphrey Smith, who picked up the accent while undercover in Germany.
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The fandom generally agrees he's the single most evil person ever seen on the show. Spoofed in The Commish. Here are a few of the Meet John Doe filming locations as they appear today. Looking south down Vine Street just above Yucca Street.
Looking down Vine St. When John Doe is going to make his premier on radio, the scene opens with a shot of a guy hammering an advertisment to a pole that is on Vine Street in Hollywood. The camera gives us a view looking south down Vine Street from just above Yucca Street. We get a glimpse of the Broadway Hollywood building on the right. Today the site is the home to a Chase bank. Midwest Street at Warner Bros. Later in the film, after Cooper realizes he is being used and decides to go back to obscurity, he is recognized in a diner in the small town of "Millville.
Studio backlot area known as Midwest Street. In the screenshot above the people of Millville frantically run across the town square to get a glimpse of John Doe. Looking across the Millville town square.
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Looking across Midwest Street. Near the end of the film, Cooper is supposed to give a big speech as John Doe endorsing Norton for president. Instead, Cooper plans to expose the whole deceptive scheme.