Meet John Doe

A recognized classic, "Meet John Doe" is Frank Capra's poignant and moving social drama of the human spirit.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 27, 2001
  • Originally Released: 1941
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 22


User Ratings: 4,562
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Journalistic ethics are only a small aspect of the film, but the implications are long-ranging. Full Review
Cinema Sight
Aug 16, 2011
Capra's films work because he believed with his whole heart in his cornball agendas. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Jan 13, 2011
It's pure Capra, run through with the tension between idealism and corruption... Full Review
Parallax View
Dec 28, 2010
Like Stewart's Mr. Smith, Gary Cooper's acting choices, while more subtle than Stewart, deeply connect you with his character's plight and therefore solidly hook you into hopes for his happy ending, his redemption. Full Review
Cinema Siren
Jul 24, 2019
The movie is superb, dynamic, masterful. [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
Sep 17, 2019
Rating: B+ -- Capra's political parable is problematic parables, from his contradictory approach to the "little people" to the right-wing elements to the compromised ending, in which Cooper is stopped from committing suicide. Full Review
Jul 2, 2007
Rating: C -- It was hard to stomach. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jun 27, 2006

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This classic is a moving, poignant depiction of faded glory. Gary Cooper portrays a former baseball player whose misfortunes have changed his life. Barbara Stanwyck, a news reporter, interviews "John Doe" (Cooper.) Her report falls into the hands of a crooked politician who exploits "John Doe" by making him a good will ambassador in a phony political drive, leaving Cooper on the brink of suicide. This film represents director Frank Capra at his best.

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Reporter Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck) is fired from her job by an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon and retaliates by printing a fake suicide note to the editor signed by a fictional "John Doe." The letter is picked up by the public as a rallying point, as Mr. Doe claimed to be so distraught by the problems of society that he'd rather end his own life in protest. But the tycoon uses the publicity as part of a secret plan, hiring a down-on-his-luck unemployed man (Gary Cooper) to impersonate Doe--establishing him as an American symbol and creating a new political movement in the process. Frank Capra's endearing classic also stars the great character actors Walter Brennan and James Gleason.

Plot Synopsis:

A spunky journalist, fired by the paper's new owners, hatches a clever scheme to get her job back. On her last day of work, she "discovers" a letter written by a man lamenting the selfishness and injustice of the world--and announcing his plans to kill himself on Christmas Eve as a protest.
The fraudulent missive proves to be a terrific public relations stunt, creating an incredible wave of public support for the man while pushing the paper's readership to an all-time high. But now they need someone to play his role, and they find their reluctant hero in the form of a handsome, naive vagabond. The soft-spoken tramp wants only to make it back to baseball's big leagues, but the common folk love his homespun ways and he soon becomes a candidate for political office.


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  • Sales Rank: 7,838
  • UPC: 089218301697
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