Oh how I remember the first time I saw this movie, it was 21 years ago as I lay on the couch with our youngest, my newborn baby girl Rebecca, just arriving from the Birth Center after a 24 hour labor...Oh what a lovely eve upon returning home with our precious baby that was. So you see this movie has such special meaning to me.
This movie is another Frank Capra movie great. When I say great, I mean greatness.. Total Greatness. Capra Greatness. Look up Capra's bio and see, the man had his ducks in a row on many things plus he came from the same Italian village my grandpa Oddo came from. How can I not love that? : )
You Can't Kill John Doe:
Timely words from the clip that stand for today just as yesterday...
Why your type's as old as history, if you can't lay your dirty fingers on a decent idea and twist it and squeeze it and stuff it in your own pocket you slap it down...like dogs , if you can't eat something you bury it!
...the meek can only inherit the earth when the John Does start loving their neighbors.
Wake up John Doe you're the hope of the world!
Who's Gonna Get'im? The HEELOTS! Beware of the HEELOTS! Listen closely for instructions! Because..."When They got ya,. you got no more chance then a road rabbit!"
I think we get the picture right? Let's keep it simple, K.I.S.S. Keep it simple sweeties. : ) Thoughtfulness? Yes, by all means. Excess, greed and materialism? No thank you.
It's bigger than your ambitions, It's bigger than all the furs and bracelets in the world...
(spoiler alert) Closing Scene, almost untouchable in Greatness. Check it out at 3:41...The real and original John Doe is spoken of here in true Capraesque fashion that I so admire and adore.
A very distraught Stanwyck appears...
Oh John, if it's worth dying for it's worth living for...Oh please John, Oh...Oh, please, please God help me...
John, John, look at me, you want to be honest don't you? Well you don't have to die to keep the John Doe ideal alive, Someone already died for that once, the first John Doe, and He's kept that idea alive for nearly 2000 years, it was He who kept it alive in them, and He'll go on keeping it alive forever and always. For every John Doe Movement these men kill, a new one will be born!
That's why those bells are ringing John! They're callling to us! ...Not to give up but to keep on fighting... Don't you see darling? This is no time to give up...
Would you like to see the greatness in entirety? I hope so. : ) Enjoy and see the greatness before you turn into a HEELOT this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!
'Meet John Doe' (1941) in entirety:
Remember what Stanwyck says in the closing clip... The original John Doe 2000 years ago...He died for mankind.
The Little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay... Oh so much to say I do...Just so much to say...
Your friend in the Forest... Merry Christmas Loves. ~Amelia
"Wake up John Doe you're the hope of the world!"
"Don't you see darling? This is no time to give up."
Photo by Robert Stock