Meet John Doe

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Meet John Doe


English   Country: USA   Year: 1941

Meet John Doe


Frank Capra


Gary Cooper; Barbara Stanwyck; Gene Lockhart




Homeless man encouraged to act as "John Doe" common man who is so overwrought by social ills that he plans to commit suicide. Black & White.


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(Average=3.65 out of 5; Total Number=20)

A Great Film (rating=5)

Barbara Stanwyck plays a reporter who, on the verge of being fired, writes an anonymous letter about a John Doe who's fed up with how the world is and wants to kill himself by jumping off a public building. Gary Cooper is hired to BE John Doe and help the newspaper continue it's circulation. From here, it's atypical Capra, if you familiar with his movies. Capra uses a lot of the same actors in secondary roles throughout his movies and this is no exception.

Even though this DVD is sold at a low price, the quality and sound are both good.

Weak (rating=2)

This movie was a weak effort by Capra, who directed it, and the star, Gary Cooper. It's a good story, just poorly directed (Capra can't hit a home run every time). I found the acting very wooden and the movie seemed to just drag on and on. And no extra features on the dvd, at least none to speak of.

We Need To Hear This Message Again And Again... (rating=4)

This movie tells a story that is fresh today, especially considering the penchant--post 9/11--of our current American culture toward allowing the stifling of the voice of the individual in the name of security. It is a bit dated, by some of the broad acting and, particularly, the naivete' of the ending, where there is a demonstration of human idealism that wouldn't float today. The film is well-acted by Stanwyck, Arnold, Huston and Loman, and Gary Cooper is not bad in the title role. I give "Meet John Doe" a three-star rating because it DOES recognize the fallibility of the average human, and, even with the corny idealization of the common man at points, it's conclusion that only the personal resources within the common man can counter corporate/governmental corruption, is true. What a difficult story to tell inspiringly and realistically. So, at times I was impatient with the preaching and naivete', but the impression that Capra attempted to ground his fable in gritty reality--somewhat--and considering the impassioned acting by Stanwyck and the artful acting of Albert, Brennan and Loman, I'd recommend a look-see.