Meet John Doe is a 1941 American comedy-drama film directed and produced by Frank Capra, and starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. The film is about a “grassroots” political campaign created unwittingly by a newspaper columnist with the involvement of a hired homeless man and pursued by the paper’s wealthy owner. It became a box office hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story.

It was ranked #49 in AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Cheers. In 1969, the film entered the public domain in the United States because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. It was the first of two features Capra made for Warner Brothers, after he left Columbia Pictures. His second film for Warners was an adaptation of the Broadway play Arsenic and Old Lace and was filmed in 1941 but not released until 1944 because the producers of the play would not allow the film to be shown until the production closed.


Gary Cooper as John Doe/Long John Willoughby
Barbara Stanwyck as Ann Mitchell
Edward Arnold as D.B. Norton
Walter Brennan as The Colonel
Spring Byington as Mrs. Mitchell
James Gleason as Henry Connell
Gene Lockhart as Mayor Lovett
Rod La Rocque as Ted Sheldon
Irving Bacon as “Beanie”
Regis Toomey as Bert Hansen (credited as just ‘Bert’)
J. Farrell MacDonald as “Sourpuss”
Harry Holman as Mayor Hawkins
Warren Hymer as “Angelface”
Andrew Tombes as Spencer
Pierre Watkin as Hammett
Stanley Andrews as Western
Mitchell Lewis as Bennett
Charles Wilson as Charlie Dawson
Vaughan Glaser as Governor
Sterling Holloway as Dan
Harry Davenport as Former Bulletin Owner (uncredited)




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