Meet John Doe
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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. Seeking to secure her job, Mitchell talks her managing editor (James… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[VIDEO ESSAY] Wikipedia lists "Meet John Doe" as an "American comedy film." How wrong they are."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's pure Capra, run through with the tension between idealism and corruption..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Capra's political parable is problematic parables, from his contradictory approach to the "little people" to the right-wing elements to the compromised ending, in which Cooper is stopped from committing suicide."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Frank Capra's most ambitious and disturbing film, Meet John Doe is possibly more relevant today than when it first appeared in 1941."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Journalistic ethics are only a small aspect of the film, but the implications are long-ranging."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"...the political and social ramifications are just as topical today as they were seventy years ago."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It was hard to stomach."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This vintage Capra film is the sort of sentimental thing that only he could get away with."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"Capra's films work because he believed with his whole heart in his cornball agendas."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Além de trazer aquela que é provavelmente a pior cena dirigida por Capra em sua carreira (o monólogo de Regis Toomey na prefeitura), o filme é um água com açúcar repleto de diálogos patriotas/cristãos patéticos, artificiais e piegas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Classic Capra and Cooper still makes statements."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Meet John Doe (1941) is a wonderful, but dark Frank Capra populist melodramatic tale about the common man. The sentimental film is often grouped"
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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