Meet John Doe
Air Date: Saturday May 21st, 2011 at 9pm on THIRTEEN
When a journalist (Barbara Stanwyck) forges a suicide note decrying the corruption and general lack of civic disinterest in America, her editor (James Gleason) hires a hobo (Gary Cooper) to impersonate the note’s soon-to-be-deceased author. What began as a fraudulent gimmick to increase sales gets out of their control, however, when the hobo assumes the identity of the note’s author, “John Doe,” and starts a national grassroots movement that draws uneasy attention from politicians, labor leaders, and the paper’s owner, media tycoon D. B. Norton (Edward Arnold).
Meet John Doe (1941), co-written by Robert Riskin and Frank Capra, directed by Frank Capra.