Watch It: Meet John Doe (1941)
I’m in a Capra kind mood, I guess. Actually, I’m sitting in press screenings for Hot Docs at the moment, watching movies. You should totally be watching movies too. Which is why I will now suggest that you angle your monitor so your co-workers can’t see it and watch the magnificent Meet John Doe (1941).
Barbara Stanwyck is Ann Mitchell, a fast talking newspaper gal who just got laid off. As a last eff-you to the bosses, she writes a phony letter from John Doe, a hard up guy who threatens to publicly commit suicide in protest of the harsh economic conditions he find himself in. Turns out, the public love this stuff and Ann can keep her job – if she can keep up the charade. Enter Long John Willoughby (Gary Cooper) who agrees to play the part of John Doe, for a price.
Guess what? This movie becomes very political. Don’t believe me? Watch it now.