Meet John Doe script
Meet John Doe (1941)
Synopsis: A reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) writes a fictitious column about someone named "John Doe," who is distraught at America's neglect of the little people and plans to kill himself. The newspaper then hires a ballplayer-turned-hobo (Gary Cooper) to pose as John Doe. In a series of radio addresses written by a publisher with fascist leanings, Doe captures the public's imagination. When he finally realizes he has been used, Doe comes to his senses and becomes the man he never knew he could be.

FADE IN:

EXT. BULLETIN OFFICE - SIDEWALK

CLOSE-UP:
Of a time-worn plaque against the side of a

building. It reads:

THE BULLETIN:

"A free press for a free people."

While we read this, a pair of hands come in holding

pneumatic chisel which immediately attacks the sign. As

the lettering is being obliterated,

DISSOLVE TO:

CLOSE-UP:
A new plaque on which the lettering has been

changed to:
THE NEW BULLETIN "A streamlined newspaper for

a streamlined era."

CUT TO:

INT. BULLETIN OUTER OFFICE.

MED. SHOT:
At a door at which a sign-painter works. He is

painting HENRY CONNELL's name on the door. It opens and a

flip office boy emerges. The painter has to wait until the

door closes in order to resume his work.

FULL SHOT:
Of the outer office. The activity of the office

seems to suddenly cease, as all eyes are centered on the

office boy.

MED. SHOT—PANNING: With the office boy—who has a small

sheet of paper in his hand. He walks jauntily to a desk,

refers to his paper, points his finger to a woman, emits a

short whistle through his teeth, runs a finger across his

throat and jerks his thumb toward managing editor's office.

The woman stares starkly at him while her immediate

neighbors look on with sympathy. The office boy now goes

through the same procedure with several other people. All

watch him, terror written in their eyes.

MED. SHOT:
Toward CONNELL's office door where painter works.

It opens and three people emerge. Two men and a girl. The

girl is young and pretty. All three look dourful. The

painter again has to wait for the door to shut before

resuming his work. The two men exit. The girl suddenly

stops.

CLOSE SHOT:
Of the girl. Her name is ANN MITCHELL. She

stands, thinking, and then suddenly, impulsively, wheels

around. CAMERA PANS with her as she returns to CONNELL's

office door, flings it open and disappears. The painter

remains poised with his brush, waiting for the door to

swing back. There is a slight flash of resentment in his

eyes.

INT. CONNELL'S OFFICE

FULL SHOT:
CONNELL is behind his desk on which is a tray

of sandwiches and a glass of milk, half gone. Near him

sits POP DWYER, another veteran newspaperman. ANN crosses

to CONNELL's desk.

CONNELL:

(on phone)

Yeh, D. B. Oh, just cleaning out

the dead-wood. Okay.

ANN:

(supplicatingly)

Look, Mr. Connell . . . I just

can't afford to be without work

right now, not even for a day.

I've got a mother and two kid

sisters to . . .

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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