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Meet John Doe

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Thursday, August 8
El Paso Public Library
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After a boorish industrialist buys a newspaper and cleans house, a cynical columnist (Barbara Stanwyck) settles scores by staging the ultimate publicity stunt. Persuading a former minor league pitcher (Gary Cooper), now down on his luck and homeless, to play the role of a fictional John Doe, she serves as his ghostwriter and prints his paeans to the ordinary American in the paper. Soon, this populist everyman becomes a national hero and spurs a political movement. Robert Riskin’s script, still relevant after nearly 80 years, presages the rise of partisan news outlets.

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Starring: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
Rated: NR