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Meet John Doe

Author: Frank CapraRobert RiskinGary CooperBarbara StanwyckEdward ArnoldAll authors
Publisher: Narberth, PA : Alpha Video Distributors, [2001]
Series: Alpha video classics.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To further his presidential aspirations, oil tycoon D.B. Norton buys a newspaper, renames it, and tells managing editor Connell to downsize. After being fired, cheeky reporter Ann Mitchell retaliates in her final story by creating John Doe, who writes a "Letter to the Editor," describing his disgust at the state of the world, capped by a threat to commit suicide on New Year's Eve in protest. John Doe's story causes  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Political films
Fiction films
Feature films
Film adaptations
Drama
Named Person: Richard Edward Connell; Robert Presnell
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Capra; Robert Riskin; Gary Cooper; Barbara Stanwyck; Edward Arnold; Walter Brennan; Spring Byington; James Gleason; Gene Lockhart; Rod La Rocque; Irving Bacon; Regis Toomey; J Farrell MacDonald; Warren Hymer; Andrew Tombes; Pierre Watkin; Stanley Andrews; Mitchell Lewis; Charles C Wilson; Vaughan Glaser; Sterling Holloway; Richard Edward Connell; Robert Presnell; Dimitri Tiomkin; Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967); Alpha Video Distributors.
OCLC Number: 49898840
Notes: Based on a story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell.
Credits: Director of photography, George Barnes ; film editor, Daniel Mandell ; art direction, Stephen Goosson ; gowns by Natalie Visart ; musical score, Dimitri Tiomkin ; choral arrangements, Hall Johnson ; montage effects, Slavko Vorkapich ; special effects, Jack Cosgrove.
Cast: Gary Cooper (John Doe), Barbara Stanwick (Ann Mitchell), Edward Arnold (D.B. Norton), Walter Brennan (The 'Colonel'), Spring Byington (Mrs. Mitchell), James Gleason (Connell), Gene Lockhart (Mayor Lovett), Rod La Rocque (Ted Sheldon), Irving Bacon (Beany), Regis Toomey (Bert), J. Farrell MacDonald ('Sourpuss'), Warren Hymer (Angelface), Harry Holman (Mayor Hawkins), Andrew Tombes (Spencer), Pierre Watkin (Hammett), Stanley Andrews (Weston), Mitchell Lewis (Bennett), Charles Wilson (Charlie Dawson), Vaughan Glaser (Governor), Sterling Holloway (Dan).
Event notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1941.
Description: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Series Title: Alpha video classics.
Responsibility: Frank Capra's [production of] ; produced at Warner Bros. Studios ; screen play by Robert Riskin ; directed by Frank Capra.

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To further his presidential aspirations, oil tycoon D.B. Norton buys a newspaper, renames it, and tells managing editor Connell to downsize. After being fired, cheeky reporter Ann Mitchell retaliates in her final story by creating John Doe, who writes a "Letter to the Editor," describing his disgust at the state of the world, capped by a threat to commit suicide on New Year's Eve in protest. John Doe's story causes an instant media sensation, so Ann finds a bum to "play" him. She selects former minor league ballplayer turned hobo Long John Willoughby, who goes along with the scheme. Soon he's making motivational speeches on the radio, and becoming a popular national figure, while corporate misbehavior, consumerism, and the attempted subversion of the resultant popular movement follow. Can Willoughby become the figure of integrity and principle he had only pretended to be? Even if it means sacrificing himself so that the real John Doe's can be saved?

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