Meet John Doe

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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Production: Madacy Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min


Yeah. You, too? Oh, Joe . . . oh,

I'm sorry darling . . . why don't

we tear the building down!


Before you do, Ann, perhaps you'd

better finish this column.


Yeah. Lavender and old lace!

Suddenly she stops pacing. Her eyes widen as a fiendish

idea strikes her.


Wait, Joe—wait!

She flops down in front of her typewriter.



Wants fireworks, huh? Okay!

She begins to pound furiously, her jaw set.

Of ANN. Eyes flashing as she types.

Of JOE, watching her. The wild look in her eye

and the unnatural speed of her typing causes him to stare

dumbly at her.

ANN bangs away madly. Finally she finishes. She

whips the sheet out of the typewriter, hands it to JOE.



As JOE takes it, ANN begins to empty the drawers of her


Of JOE reading what ANN has written.



"Below is a letter which reached

my desk this morning. It's a

commentary on what we laughingly

call the civilized world. 'Dear

Miss Mitchell:
Four years ago I

was fired out of my job. Since

then I haven't been able to get

another one. At first I was sore

at the state administration because

it's on account of the slimy

politics here we have all this

unemployment. But in looking around,

it seems the whole world's going

to pot, so in protest I'm going to

commit suicide by jumping off the

City Hall roof!' Signed, A disgusted

American citizen, John Doe.'"

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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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