Saturday, November 6, 2010

Meet John Doe {1941}

I love Frank Capra's movies! So far I've seen four of his movies and I love every single one. They are some of my top favorite movies. =)

A man needing money, John Willoughby {Gary Cooper} who was a former baseball pitcher, agrees to become an nonexistent person, John Doe, that was created by Ann Mitchell {Barbara Stanwyck} a  newspaper woman. This John Doe says he will be committing suicide as a protest to what is going on in the world - thus a political movement begins.  
And guess what?!?! The voice of Winnie-the-pooh is in it too! You know, Sterling Holloway. 

Quotes from the movie:

Long John Willoughby: Hey, stop worryin', Colonel, fifty bucks ain't gonna ruin me. The Colonel: I've seen plenty of fellas start out with fifty bucks and wind up with a *bank* account! Beany: Hey, what's wrong with a bank account, anyway? The Colonel: And let me tell you, Long John, when you become a guy with a bank account, they gotcha! Yes sir, they gotcha! Beany: Who's got him? The Colonel: The helots! 
Beany: What's a hee-lot? The Colonel: You've ever been broke, sonny? Beany: Sure, mostly often. The Colonel: All right. You're walking along, not a nickel in your jeans, your free as the wind, nobody bothers ya. Hundreds of people pass you by in every line of buisness: shoes, hats, automobiles, radios, everything, and there all nice lovable people and they lets you alone, is that right? Then you get a hold of some dough and what happens, all those nice sweet lovable people become hee-lots, a lotta heels. They begin to creep up on ya, trying to sell ya something: they get long claws and they get a stranglehold on ya, and you squirm and you duck and you holler and you try to push them away but you haven't got the chance. They gots ya. First thing ya know you own things, a car for instance, now your whole life is messed up with alot more stuff: you get license fees and number plates and gas and oil and taxes and insurance and identification cards and letters and bills and flat tires and dents and traffic tickets and motorcycle cops and tickets and courtrooms and lawers and fines and... a million and one other things. What happens? You're not the free and happy guy you used to be. You need to have money to pay for all those things, so you go after what the other fellas got. There you are, you're a hee-lot yourself.

As the movie is in the public domain you can download it for free from internet archive. Or watch it here. 


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