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.

Secretary enters. (Her name is Mattie.)


More good luck telegrams.


Well, you know how it is, I, I've

just got to keep working. See?


Sorry, sister. I was sent down

here to clean house. I told yuh I

can't use your column any more.

It's lavender and old lace!

(flicks dictograph



(over dictograph)



Send those other people in.


(over dictograph)



I'll tell you what I'll do. I get

thirty dollars a week. I'll take

twenty-five, twenty if necessary.

I'll do anything you say.


It isn't the money. We're after

circulation. What we need is

fireworks. People who can hit with

sledge hammers—start arguments.


Oh, I can do that. I know this

town inside out. Oh, give me a

chance, please.

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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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