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Barbara Stanwyck

Meet John Doe

Frank Capra’s anti-fascist parable, about a made-up story that spirals out of control, remains relevant.

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USA 1941
Dir Frank Capra
With Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan
Certificate U

When a columnist (Stanwyck) invents a story about a tramp planning to commit suicide in protest against the state of the world, the resulting interest forces her paper to get someone to fit the role. The fellow they find (Cooper) instantly becomes a celebrity – and a political pawn. Capra’s anti-fascist parable, though naïve and conflicted, remains relevant today; likewise, the starry cast still sparkles.


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