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Basics Critics:76Viewers:70Rusty:76
Category: Comedy, DramaNotable as: Romance FilmSub-Category: Black-and-white, Romantic comedy, Romance Film, Comedy-drama, Media Satire, Comedy, DramaRuntime: 122 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Frank CapraScreenwriter: Robert Riskin, Richard ConnellMusic: Dimitri TiomkinCinematography: George BarnesStars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Rod La Rocque, J. Farrell MacDonald Producer: Frank CapraAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Story (Richard Connell)Award details: (details at IMDb)

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 and pursued by a wealthy businessman. 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 due to the claimants' failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after release. 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 wouldn't allow the film to be shown until the production closed.

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