Connell: Yup, I'm a sucker for the Star-Spangled Banner, and I am a sucker for this country. I like what we've got here. I like it. A guy can say what he wants and do what he wants without having a bayonet shoved through his belly, and that's all right, isn't it?
John: You betcha
Connell: Yeah, we don't want anybody coming around changing that, do we?
John: No sir..
Connell: No sir. And when they do, I get mad. I get boiling mad. Right now, John, I'm sizzling! I get mad for a lot of other guys besides myself. I get mad for a guy named Washington, and a guy named Jefferson, and Lincoln. Lighthouses, John, lighthouses in a foggy world. You know what I mean?
John: Yeah, you bet.
Connell: Um-hum. Listen pal. this fifth column stuff is pretty rotten, isn't it?
John: Yeah, it certainly is..
Connell: And you'd feel like an awful sucker if you found yourself marching right in the middle of it, wouldn't you? Yeah, you, of course, you wouldn't know it. cause you're gentle. But that's what you're doing. You're mixed up with a skunk, my boy. A no-good dangerous skunk.
John: Hey, you're not talking about Mr. Norton, are ya?
Connell: I'm not talking about his grandfather's pet poodle!
John: You must be wrong Mr. Connell, He's been marvelous about the John Doe clubs.
Connell: Yeah, say, you're sold on this John Doe idea, aren't you?
Yessir, I don't blame ya, so am I. It's a beautiful miracle, a miracle that can only happen right here in the good old USA. and I think it's terrific. Whadya think about that? Me, hard-boiled Connell.. I think it's plenty terrific! Alright, now supposing a certain unmentionable worm whose initials are D B was trying to use that to shove his way into the White House? So he could put the screws on, so he could turn out the lights in those lighthouses.
James Gleason, Gary Cooper,
MEET JOHN DOE (1940)