Meet John Doe (1941)

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The first of director Frank Capra's independent productions (in partnership with Robert Riskin), Meet John Doe begins with the end of reporter Ann Mitchell's (Barbara Stanwyck) job. Fired as part of a downsizing move, she ends her last column with an imaginary letter written by "John Doe." Angered at the ill treatment of America's little people, the fabricated Doe announces that he's going to jump off City Hall on Christmas Eve. When the phony letter goes to press, it causes a public sensation. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Presnell Sr., Richard Connell, Robert R. Presnell, Sr., Robert Riskin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
Runtime:
Madacy Entertainment

Cast


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as Ann Mitchell

as The Colonel

as D.B. Norton

as Henry Connell

as Mrs. Mitchell

as Mayor Lovett

as Ted Sheldon

as Bert Hansen

as Sourpuss Smithers

as Angelface

as Pop Dwyer

as Mrs. Hansen

as Mrs. Brewster

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as Ann's Sister

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as Red, the Office Boy

as Radio Announcer

as Mrs. Hawkins

as Spencer

as Hammett

as Sign Painter

as Charlie Dawson

as Radio MC

as Radio Announcer

as Mayor Hawkins

as Mrs. Brewster

as Newspaper Secretary

as Mrs. Delaney

as Bennett

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as Mayor's secretary

as Ed, a Photographer

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as GOP man

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as Publicity Man

as Police Commissioner

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Critic Reviews for Meet John Doe

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

[VIDEO ESSAY] Wikipedia lists "Meet John Doe" as an "American comedy film." How wrong they are.

Full Review… | August 10, 2014
ColeSmithey.com

Journalistic ethics are only a small aspect of the film, but the implications are long-ranging.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Cinema Sight

Capra's films work because he believed with his whole heart in his cornball agendas.

Full Review… | January 13, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Meet John Doe

Capra, with his immigrant's love of the American dream, can easily be criticized as sometimes syrupy but never as simplistic. Here he grapples with no less than updating the tale of the Christ, making a modern day fable (well, as modern as 1941) of one guy sacrificing himself for the greater whole of humanity.
Coop is great as the simple man drawn into corruption and seeking redemption. Walter Brennan shines as his friend, a crazy homeless guy and the sanest man in the film, James Gleason is perfect as the common sense common man, and Barbara Stanwyck lights the proceedings as the too smart regular gal, unaware that she needs saving as much as anyone.
Just fine, nuanced filmmaking!

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Another Capra masterpiece that is still relevant today. Cooper and Brennan are great.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

This is a remarkable movie, and a great performance from Stanwyck. I highly recommend this movie.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

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