MEET JOHN DOE
A decidedly dark allegory from director Frank Capra: soon-to-be-downsized journalist Barbara Stanwyck publishes a fake letter, a desperate cri de coeur from the Common Man that threatens a Christmas Eve leap from the roof of City Hall to protest the ills of the world, signed "John Doe." When the letter causes a grassroots phenomenon, her newspaper hires her back to keep the story alive, including casting former baseball player/current tramp Gary Cooper to play the role of John Doe. As manipulative political forces seek to hijack the movement, Stanwyck faces the crisis of falling in love with the man she's in danger of destroying. DIR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR/PROD Robert Riskin, from a story by Richard Connell and Robert Presnell, Sr. U.S., 1941, b&w, 122 min. NOT RATED
Archival 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress
AFI Member passes accepted.