In voluntary stay-home and in search of entertainment I’ve been watching old film classics now in public domain. I just watched a very sentimental anti-politician film: Meet John Doe with Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck. Is this movie well known? I think it deserves its 7.7 rating at IDMB. It ranks #49 on AFI’s list of 100 Most Inspiring Movies, one of four Frank Capra films on that list. (Steven Spielberg, with 5, is the only other director with more than 3 films on the list.)
The film is called a “comedy-drama film,” but has no more comedy than It’s a Wonderful Life (also by Capra and #1 on AFI’s Inspiring list) which is described as “fantasy/drama” or “family/drama.” With great performances by Stanwyck, Cooper and Walter Brennan I liked Meet John Doe much more than It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s overly melodramatic, but I’m a sucker for sentimental romances! (BTW, just like that famous Jimmy Stewart movie, Meet John Doe’s climactic final scene takes place on Christmas Eve.)
Why did I start a thread? Although the plot of Meet John Doe may not map well to present-day politics, as I watched I was struck by the need for a message like this today.
Write your TV stations and cable providers and ask them to run this film!!