Widower's Tango: Meet John Doe Revisited
“Meet John Doe” () is one of the most emotional exercises in flag . The alternate ending, in which Cooper did dive off the roof, was nixed. With John Doe, Capra shot the film without an ending, believing that a that an ending was not forthcoming, he had to test alternate endings. In class we discussed how Meet John Doe was one of Capra's darkest films and how the ending is a bit underwhelming. While doing research.
An opposing newspaper tries to prove that John Doe is a hoax, and offers Cooper money to admit as such.
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He is warned that he might never get to play baseball again, because of the scandal, and how kids look up to ballplayers as role models. Looking at this film with modern eyes, this bit is probably the most hokey, and most sad, of the film. If they only knew how low baseball would sink. The scene where Mr. Cooper gives his first radio speech is stunning. At first he is nearly sick with nerves. Edward Arnold, in his mansion, notices his servants in the kitchen glued to the radio, and we have another impressive close-up, this time of his expression as he turns away from the swinging kitchen door and we see the wheels turning in his mind.
It is the beginning of his political campaign. John Doe clubs are formed, and though Cooper, scared to death by this time, tries to run out on the whole mess, a committee from one such John Doe Club begs him not to jump off the city hall roof at Christmas and encourages him to remain with the movement.
Here is a previous post on Mr. He is soft spoken and slow-talking, but all attention is on him. We have shots of the stars of the film, Cooper and Stanwyck, and Arnold, all watching him, their attention diverted respectfully to him, this minor character actor, as he continues. In era of fast-talking speeches, when stars seldom acquiesced to sharing screen time with lesser mortals, the scene is remarkable. The brief scene with old Mr. John Doe Clubs spring up as flags on the evil Mr. She sits there in his presents to her of a fur coat and jewelry like a well-decked out Judas, sucker-punched right in the ideals.
The rally is to be held, fittingly for Cooper and for America, in a ballpark, and John B. Hughes, an actual radio announcer of the day for the Mutual network, is one of those broadcasting the event. This film, especially this scene with its radio broadcasts and shouting newsboys, illustrates just how powerful were the tools of radio and newspapers at that time, and how pervasive in society.
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One wonders if a similar film were made today, how they would use the Internet for manipulation and gossip instead? While Stanwyck is struggling with her principles and the Frankenstein monster she has created, Editor Gleason sets Mr. Cooper straight on what has been happening in a funny and emotional drunk scene. Cooper makes the fateful speech which will turn the course of this nation into a fascist country. But wait, Gary Cooper changes his mind, tries to warn the public, an impressive and enormous crowd scene in the rain.
Unlike these days of CGI, where a small group can be duplicated on film to appear as thousands, this huge crowd was comprised of a lot of individuals who got a few dollars that day. That, too, is impressive. There is another great close-up of raindrops glistening on the uncovered head of the minister as he leads the crowd in silent prayer.
Meet John Doe
Smith, and John Doe are ruthless and powerful men, wealthy and corrupt, as well as almost totally cynical. Despite their passion and their popularity, Capra was enough of a realist to allow his villains to pose a serious threat to his heroes. So serious, in fact, that Capra had a difficult time resolving the resulting conflicts. Deeds is sewn up too neatly, with the hero keeping his inherited fortune, but Mr. Smith is resolved with a quite unbelievable change of heart by the powerful Senator Paine having what looks like a nervous breakdown.
With John Doe, Capra shot the film without an ending, believing that a satisfactory one would materialize by the time his shooting schedule got around to it. When he realized that an ending was not forthcoming, he had to test alternate endings with preview audiences.
The ending that Capra settled on feels tacked on - which it was. Audiences wouldn't accept John Willoughby simply killing himself, however logical it would've been as a conclusion to the drama, and certainly consistent with the Christian parallels.John Doe - Good vs Bad Ending + Final Outcomes - BATMAN Season 2 The Enemy Within Episode 5
So Capra got Barbara Stanwyck out of her sickbed and a handful of John Doe diehard followers to show up at the nick of time to stop him from jumping. Why didn't many more John Doe supporters show up at city hall on Christmas Eve - for the spirit of the cause if not for John Willoughby? It makes sense that D. Even in America, Bund leaders were appearing, and pseudo-intellectual talk about "the wave of the future" had its fashionable proponents.
With just such a hard-hitting story, Capra wanted to prove his considerable weight as a director of serious, message-laden films. One of the reasons Capra attached the project to Warner was to have access to the studio's impressive roster of stars. But when Capra got the idea for Meet John Doe, he knew that he could only use Gary Cooper for the lead role or no one else. Other sources on Capra's career say that the master filmmaker was initially thinking of Ronald Colman for the role, which is curious since Colman doesn't strike anyone then or now as the quintessential "common man" that Meet John Doe called for.
For the lead female part of cynical newspaper writer Ann Mitchell, Capra tested several top-notch actresses, including Ann Sheridan and Olivia de Havilland. His first choice was Sheridan, whose casting was announced in May After Sheridan was eventually vetoed by Warner Bros.
Capra directed Stanwyck in five other pictures, starting with her star-making turn in Ladies of Leisure Stanwyck later said of working with Capra: Capra commented that this was the highest compliment anyone could give him, to agree to appear in his movie, even without seeing a finished script. But in fact, it is fortunate they thought so highly of Capra's merits, because no script for the motion picture Meet John Doe existed.