Frank Capra's production Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe (1941)

2h 2min. // As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed “John Doe,” who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate “Doe.” Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it’s worth, until the made-up “John Doe” philosophy starts a whole political movement. At last everyone, even Ann, takes her creation seriously…but publisher D.B. Norton has a secret plan.


Directed by: Frank Capra

Writing Credits: Richard Connell (based on a story by), Robert Presnell Sr. (based on a story by) and Robert Riskin (screenplay)

Starring: Gary Cooper (as John Doe), Barbara Stanwyck (as Ann Mitchell), Edward Arnold (as D. B. Norton) and Walter Brennan (as The ‘Colonel’)


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WON. National Board of Review, USA 1941. Best Acting. James Gleason.

NOMINATED. Academy Awards, USA 1942. Best Writing, Original Story. Richard Connell and Robert Presnell Sr..


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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward Arnold in Meet John Doe

Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, and Sterling Holloway in Meet John Doe


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