Meet John Doe Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

Meet John Doe

The first of director Frank Capra’s independent productions (in partnership with Robert Riskin), Meet John Doe begins with the end of reporter Ann Mitchell’s (Barbara Stanwyck) job. Fired as part of a downsizing move, she ends her last column with an imaginary letter written by “John Doe.” Angered at the ill treatment of America’s little people, the fabricated Doe announces that he’s going to jump off City Hall on Christmas Eve. When the phony letter goes to press, it causes a public sensation. Seeking to secure her job, Mitchell talks her managing editor (James Gleason) into playing up the John Doe letter for all it’s worth; but to ward off accusations from rival papers that the letter was bogus, they decide to hire someone to pose as John Doe: a ballplayer-turned-hobo (Gary Cooper), who’ll do anything for three squares and a place to sleep. “John Doe” and his traveling companion The Colonel (Walter Brennan) are ensconced in a luxury hotel while Mitchell continues churning out chunks of John Doe philosophy. When newspaper publisher D.B. Norton (Edward Arnold), a fascistic type with presidential aspirations, decides to use Doe as his ticket to the White House, he puts Doe on the radio to deliver inspirational speeches to the masses — ghost-written by Mitchell, who, it is implied, has become the publisher’s mistress. The central message of the Doe speeches is “Love Thy Neighbor,” though, conceived in cynicism, the speeches strike so responsive a chord with the public that John Doe clubs pop up all over the country. Believing he is working for the good of America, Cooper agrees to front the National John Doe Movement — until he discovers that Norton plans to exploit Doe in order to create a third political party and impose a virtual dictatorship on the country. The last of Capra’s “social statement” films, Meet John Doe posted a profit, although Capra and Riskin were forced to dissolve their corporation due to excessive taxes.

Release date: Jan 1, 1941
Production Company: Madacy Entertainment
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Genre: Classics,Comedy,Drama

Meet John Doe Caste and Crew
Director: Frank Capra
writer: Richard Connell,Robert R. Presnell, Sr.,Robert Riskin
Gary Cooper,Barbara Stanwyck,Walter Brennan,Edward Arnold,James Gleason,Spring Byington,Gene Lockhart,Rod La Rocque,Irving Bacon,Regis Toomey,Warren Hymer,Aldrich Bowker,Ann Doran,Sterling Holloway,Madge Crane,J. Farrell MacDonald,Pat Flaherty,Carlotta Jelm,Tina Thayer,Bennie Bartlett,Sarah Edwards,Stanley Andrews,Andrew Tombes,Pierre Watkin,Garry Owen,Charles C. Wilson,Gene Morgan,Cyril Thornton,Edward Earle,M.J. Frankovich,Margaret Crane,Harry Holman,Bess Flowers,Emma Tansey,Mitchell Lewis,Eddie Fetherstone,Billy Curtis,Johnny Fern,Vernon Dent,Vaughan Glaser,Selmer Jackson,Knox Manning,John B. Hughes,Lucia Carroll,James M. McNamara,Frank Austin,Edward Keane,Lafe [Lafayette] McKee,Edward McWade,Guy Usher,Walter Soderling,John Hamilton,William Forrest,Charles K. French,Edward Hearn,Hank Mann,James Millican,Harry Davenport,Paul Everton,Forrester Harvey,Mary Benoit,Mildred Coles,Eddie Kane,Melvin Lang,Alphonse Martell,Wyndham Standing,Edwin Stanley,Isabelle La Mal,Alfred Hall,George Melford,Henry Roquemore,John Ince,Gail Newbray,Earl Bunn,Edmund Cobb,Jack Cheatham,Lew Davis,Howard Chase,Floyd Criswell,Carl Ekberg,Frank Fanning,Eddie Fetherston,Walter Finden,Lotta Williams,Jack Gardner,William Gould,Kenneth Harlan,Richard Kipling,Frank Meredith,Jack Mower,Cliff Saum,Don Turner,Forbes Murray,Maris Wrixon,Susan Peters,Frank Mayo,Wedgewood Nowell,Evelyn Barlowe,Fritzi Brunette,Lucie Carroll,Florence Lawler,Evelyn Dockson,Ethel Gilstrom,Claire Meade,Mrs. Wilfred North,Elsa Peterson,Sada Simmons,Bessie Wade,Lillian West,Mack Gray,Jay Guedillio,Donald Hall,James Harrison,Max Hoffman Jr.,Frank Jaquet,Charles McAvoy,Larry McGrath,Joe McGuinn,Tom McGuire,Frank Moran,Clark Morgan,George Pembroke,Bob Perry,Edward Peil Sr.,Hal Price,Stanley Price,Don Roberts,Thomas W. Ross,Bernard Wheeler,Ed Williams,Max Blum,Sidney Bracey,Glen Cavender,Inez Gay,Bess Meyers,Sally Sage,Lottie Williams,Eddie Graham,Stuart Holmes,Al Lloyd,Paul Panzer,Jack Richardson,Leo White,Tom Wilson,Charles Trowbridge,Fredrik Vogeding,Jack Wise,Frank C. Moran,George H. Melford