Meet John Doe

Director:   Frank Capra
Year:   1941
Language:   English
Time:   122 minutes

Gary Cooper is a male icon of the American film. Frank Capra was one of the premiere directors of the 1930s and 1940s. This film followed their other collaboration, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.

Newspaper columnist Barbara Stanwyck, who has been laid off, is infuriated. She prints a fake letter from the unemployed "John Doe," threatening suicide in protest of society's ills. When the note causes a sensation, the newspaper is forced to rehire her and decides to hire Cooper, a former baseball player and tramp, to play John Doe. The Doe philosophy spreads across the country, developing into a political movement. Complications and romance, of course, arise.

Not rated.

Post-film discussion led by Dr. Phil Bufithis, Professor Emeritus of English at Shepherd University.


About the director.

About the film career of Gary Cooper.

Other background on the film.

A selection of reviews of the film.