Sunday, December 20, 2009

Meet John Doe

SET YOUR DVRs: for Tuesday, Dec. 22nd at 12:30 am (EST) on Turner Classic Movies channel to see the film Meet John Doe.

Many people are surprised to discover that film director Frank Capra made a Christmas movie about a suicidal jumper--before It's A Wonderful Life's George Bailey stood at the bridge railing. The 1941 film Meet John Doe stars Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in another story about a man literally pushed to the edge on Christmas Eve. Here, John Doe is so disgusted with humanity and the state of the world that he publicly threatens to commit suicide by jumping from the roof of a building. There are many twists and turns in this very powerful and emotional film. Some critics and viewers believe it to be superior to the more popular and ubiquitous It's A Wonderful Life. I'm curious what you think. Check out my discussion of this film on pages 108-109 in the book.

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