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.
Audio Commentary (with Optional English Subtitles) 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
Disc #1 -- Meet John Doe 1. Opening Titles [1:17] 2. The New Bulletin [2:43] 3. He Wants Fireworks, Huh? [3:36] 4. Finding John Doe [11:15] 5. "Sign This Agreement" [1:04] 6. The Imperial Hotel [5:09] 7. Moulding John Doe [3:15] 8. Meet D.B. Norton [5:10] 9. Mother's Advice [1:27] 10. The Baseball Game [10:31] 11. The John Doe Broadcast [6:52] 12. On The Road Again [6:57] 13. "My Name's Bert Hanson" [7:28] 14. The John Doe Clubs [4:02] 15. "What Do You Make Of Him?" [7:48] 16. Norton's Campaign [10:26] 17. Connel Speaks Out [4:31] 18. "Did You Write This?" [5:33] 19. The Chicago Convention [12:48] 20. City Hall Tower, Christmas Eve [10:04]
Disc #1 -- Meet John Doe Play Scenes Set Up English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: On/Off English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: On English Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: Off French Subtitles: On/Off French Subtitles: On French Subtitles: Off German Subtitles: On/Off German Subtitles: On German Subtitles: Off Spanish Subtitles: On/Off Spanish Subtitles: On Spanish Subtitles: Off Commentary by Laureate's Ken Barnes with "Archival Contributions" from Frank Capra: On/Off Optional English Subtitles: On/Off Optional English Subtitles: On Optional English Subtitles: Off Disc #2 -- Meet John Doe Meet Mr. Capra Featurette Meet Mr. Cooper Featurette Meet Miss Stanwyck Featurette Before And After Restoration Vintage Lux Theater Radio Productions: For Whom The Bell Tolls Sorry Wrong Number Link to Vincent.Com Extensive Cast and Crew Profiles & Production Backgrounds
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Every American should watch this movie. As shown in this movie,
It's going to take caring about your neighbor and following the truth
that saves our country again. Also, it reveals how those who want to rule
over others do it. Gives us things to think about.
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