Meet John Doe


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A reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) writes a fictitious column about someone named "John Doe," who is distraught at America's neglect of the little people and plans to kill himself. The newspaper then hires a ballplayer-turned-hobo (Gary Cooper) to pose as John Doe. In a series of radio addresses written by a publisher with fascist leanings, Doe captures the public's imagination. When he finally realizes he has been used, Doe comes to his senses and becomes the man he never knew he could be.

Release details

Release date: Saturday May 3 1941
Duration: 123 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Frank Capra
Screenwriter: Robert Riskin
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck
Gary Cooper
Edward Arnold
Walter Brennan
James Gleason
Spring Byington
Regis Toomey
Ann Doran
Gene Lockhart
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