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A Farewell to Arms/Meet John Doe (1941)

Region: 0
UPC/Barcode: 5030697009869
Released: 8th May 2006
Release type: Retail / Rental
No. of Discs: 1
Catalogue No: FHED1949
Category: Feature, Classic
Format: DVD / Normal
A Farewell to Arms/Meet John Doe (1941) (Retail / Rental)


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Film information

Based on: The novel by Ernest Hemingway

Story: Classic double-bill, starring Gary Cooper. In 'A Farewell to Arms' (1932), Frederick Henry (Cooper) is an American serving as an ambulance driver in World War I. When his friend Captain Rinaldi (Adolphe Menjou) introduces him to the beautiful English nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes), Frederick immediately falls for her. The pair share a brief idyllic interlude together, but the jealous Rinaldi does his best to come between them. 'Meet John Doe' (1941) is directed by Frank Capra. After penning a letter of protest at the corruption and hypocrisy of the day and threatening to throw himself off the roof of City Hall, 'John Doe' becomes a national hero. Doe is in fact Ann Mitchell (Barbara Stanwyck), who was fired from her job on the paper and wrote the letter as a parting shot to the editor. Mitchell is re-hired - but needs to find someone to play 'John Doe'. She manages to persuade Long John Willoughby (Cooper), a penniless former baseball star, into representing the common man in a national goodwill drive. He eventually exposes the political chicanery, but only at the cost of branding himself a fake.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Mary Philips, Adolphe Menjou, Jack la Rue, Blanche Frederici, Gilbert Emery, Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Armetta, Mary Forbes, Edward Arnold, Fred Malatesta, Walter Brennan, James Gleason, Spring Byington, Gene Lockhart

Directed by: Frank Capra, Frank Borzage

Music by: W. Franke Harling, Dimitri Tiomkin

Produced by: Frank Capra, Frank Borzage

Written by: Richard Connell, Benjamin F. Glazer, Robert R. Presnell Sr, Oliver H. P. Garrett, Robert Riskin

DVD information

Studio/distributor: Medium Rare

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