July 3 – Perfect Code Film Feature #3
Today’s highlighted film is Meet John Doe from 1941. This is the story of a newspaperwoman who writes and publishes a letter from a mythical unemployed man named John Doe after she is fired. As support for John Doe floods in, a former baseball player is hired to impersonate the suicidal but nonexistent person, starting a goodwill movement that may have a bigger social and political impact than anyone realizes. This film stars Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward Arnold. It was directed and produced by Frank Capra with Robert Riskin and released by Warner Bros. This is a perfect Code film because it shows the importance of American values such as honesty, integrity, and helping your fellow man, and it properly handles controversial topics such as crooked politics, the abuse of good causes, and suicide. I like this movie because of its great acting, riveting story, and very inspiring message. My favorite thing about it is the artistic way Frank Capra used this riveting story to remind us to be kind and friendly to one another.
As a special high-point of our month-long celebration in July, we are hosting a blogathon on the first weekend in July in honor of the formation of the PCA and the twenty wonderful years of decent cinema which followed during Joseph Breen’s tenure. It will be called The Favorite Code Film Blogathon. On July 5-7, participants will choose their single favorite Code films and write about why these movies from the era of film decency were so good. Please join!
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