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Meet John Doe

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70th anniversary ultimate collector's ed.


In English, with optional English, French, German or Spanish subtitles.


Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart.

Publication Information

[Tulsa, OK] : Distributed by VCI Entertainment, [2010]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


Fired from her job, reporter Ann Mitchell invents a fictitious "John Doe" to write an idealistic letter threatening suicide in protest of social ills. The public response to the letter is so enormous that Ann's newspaper rehires her and hires an out-of-work baseball player, John Willoughby to play the part of John Doe. He enters into the hoax for the money but ultimately rebels against the evil, self-serving despots who attempt to further their own political goals by controlling him and the thousands of John Doe fans who support him.


Title from container.

Based on a story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1941.

Extras: audio commentary by Laureate's Ken Barnes with "archival contributions" from Frank Capra ; three featurettes: "Meet Mr. Cooper," "Meet Miss Stanwyck," "Meet Mr. Capra" ; vintage "Lux Theater" radio productions: "Sorry wrong number," starring Barbara Stanwyck & Burt Lancaster; "For whom the bell tolls," starring Gary Cooper & Ingrid Bergman ; before and after comparison of the digital restoration ; extensive cast and crew profiles ; production background.

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