Meet John Doe

Meet John Doe

DVD - 1998
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"John Doe," a genial and aimless tramp, is hoaxed into protesting against existing social evils as a newspaper circulation stunt. He pleas to the "little man" for brotherly love and democratic good will. Because of his simple sincerity, he becomes a national hero; John Doe clubs are formed and a spontaneous movement begins. John Doe is shocked when he discovers that it's all a plot by the owner of the paper, who plans to use the voting strength of the clubs to bludgeon his way to power. John Doe's resulting fight for democracy has a timeless, inspiring message for all Americans.

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442Paula
Jan 25, 2019

Doesn't the Edward Arnold character remind you of the men running the Swamp? Fake News and all that? Especially in the scenes where they attempt to shut John Doe down? If that doesn't remind you of the stuff they pull at college campuses lately, where so-called "Social Justice Warriors" run around cutting off the sound and threatening anyone who wants to say something that they find unacceptable to the Socialist agenda...people do that stuff because they are afraid the other side just might be right. The very universities who championed the cause of saying whatever you want are now quite afraid that someone might offend them by saying something they disagree with and so shatter their newly acquired socialist values and so label them "hate speech" (which simply does not exist in the USA unless you say "I HATE you", which is AN hate speech) are just spouting propaganda that could come forth from the mouth of Stalin or out of "Animal Farm" or "1984". *sigh* Capra was very pro-Constitution and the Left used to mock him all the time. An Italian immigrant. He hated the political machines that elected all the professional politicians from elitist backgrounds. Your Bushes, your Clintons... never was sure about his feelings about the Kennedys....
ANYWAY, it's one of my all-time favorite movies, as a person with a BA in Film History. If you enjoy Capra-corn, read the book "The Name Above the Title".

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akirakato
Apr 25, 2017

This is a 1941 American dramedy directed and produced by Frank Capra, based on a story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell.
The film shows a "grassroots" political campaign created unwittingly by a newspaper columnist (Barbara Stanwyck) with the involvement of a hired homeless man (Gary Cooper) and pursued by the paper's wealthy owner.
Although the theme seems clearly understood, Barbara Stanwyck appears overacting.
She doesn't easily fit into this kind of situation.
She could look better in a more serious drama.

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TtamioO
Dec 27, 2016

Election Year 2016 again.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Desperate to save her job, a newspaper columnist fabricates a suicide letter from the anonymous “John Doe”, an unemployed everyman so disillusioned by slimy politicians and the “state of civilization” that he plans to stage the ultimate protest by leaping from the roof of City Hall on Christmas Eve. Her cheeky stunt backfires however when first the town, and then the entire nation takes up the fictitious man’s cause forcing her and her publisher to hire a penniless drifter to fill his pretend shoes. Yet another quasi-socialist fairytale from Frank Capra in which Evil Capitalists square off against the Common Man and we’re all assured that Utopia is just around the corner if only we’d just be extra nice to one another. A surprisingly dour climax in front of a stadium full of Doe supporters is quickly brushed aside in favour of church bells, teary embraces, and one overly long, cliché-riddled sermon atop a snowy roof. A sweet film, but it’s message of naïve optimism does not sit well with the pragmatic cynicism of the new millennium.

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voisjoe1_0
Nov 03, 2014

From 1931 to 1946, director Frank Capra produced one masterpiece after another. This 1941 film stars one of Capra’s favorite actors Gary Cooper in his prime. Cooper gets to play John Willoughby who pretends to be a common American man named John Doe. Cooper shows what a great actor is as he tries out different possible John Does. For a short minute, this film is a patriotic film that shows the greatness of American democracy who needs the unity of the common men, not a strong man like Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, or Stalin. But then the film gets sinister as the common men of the John Doe Clubs get taken over by a strong man who wants to use it to become American president. Sound a little like2012? Where the billionaires form and control a group of common men so they can use it to get one of their millionaire surrogates to be elected president? By the way, did you notice a few nearly-invisible African-Americans. During this filming era, Hollywood bigwigs were either totally racist or they just didn't want to reduce the attendance of whites who might be offended by Black people in white people movies.

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garycornell
Jun 22, 2014

One of Frank Capra's best films for is Meet John Doe. Capra detested the corruption in government, in business, and especially the media. So he takes them on in Meet John Doe. John Doe turns out to be Gary Cooper who turns his back on fame and glory. A Frank Capra Five Star Movie and a couple added stars for Gary Coopers performance.

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