Meet John Doe (1941)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A man needing money agrees to impersonate a nonexistent person who said he'd be committing suicide as a protest, and a political movement begins.



  • Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck in Meet John Doe (1941)
  • Edward Arnold in Meet John Doe (1941)
  • Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe (1941)
  • Meet John Doe (1941)
  • Meet John Doe (1941)
  • Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe (1941)

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16 October 2008 | ma-cortes
| Sensitive and intelligent picture about triumphs and agonies of a good guy
This classic movie written by Robert Riskin (Capra's usual) concerns about a fired journalist named Ann Mitchell (excellent Barbara Stanwyck , though first choice for the role was Anne Sheridan). She thinks up an original idea and prints a false letter from an unemployed , a down-and-out John Doe who threatens to commit suicide . The editor (James Gleason) hires John Willoughby (Gary Cooper in the title role playing with natural sincerity , as usual) to embodiment Doe. Willoughby is usually accompanied by his skeptical friend (Walter Brennan who steals the show) . John Doe protests against corrupts politicians , against the shutting doors at hospitals for needy and complains about abundant injustice . Doe founds 'John Doe clubs' along the cities and Democratic and Republic headquarters are worried because everybody join to John Doe . John starts a political movement but the publisher Norton (Edward Arnold) has a secret scheme. Doe eventually realizes who he's being used and takes on corruption and win , not without coming heart-rendingly close to failure.

An enjoyable Frank Capra film that displays drama , a love story and biting social critical ; however , being a bit slow in part for overlong dialogs and speeches . Capra's touches of sensibility and intelligence in presenting characters had his spectators sharing triumphs and flops . Frank Capra was an expert in manipulating their emotions such as proved in his films of the 1930s and 1940s , as he influenced the lives and beliefs of people of the nation with movies as 'Mr Deeds goes to town' , 'You can't take it with you' , 'It's wonderful life' and 'Meet John Doe' . The film packs a good score by Dimitri Tiomkin and nice cinematography by George Barnes , though available in a horrible colorized versión . The motion picture was well realized with realism and cleverness and wonderfully well acted at the same time. Rating : Better than average , the movie will appeal to cinema classics lovers

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