Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Oct 16 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Oct 17 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Oct 18 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Oct 19 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Oct 22 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:94 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rick Korn
Cast:Harry Belafonte
Pat Benatar
Sir Bob Geldof
Billy Joel
Robert Lamm
Kenny Rogers
Pete Seeger
Bruce Springsteen


“Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” is the inspiring story of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Harry Chapin (“Cat's in the Cradle” and “Taxi”). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation’s most beloved artists and activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.

The film features Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pete Seeger, Sir Bob Geldof, Kenny Rogers, Graham Nash, Pat Benatar, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Robert Lamm, Richie Havens, and Harry Belafonte intimately reflecting on Chapin’s larger-than-life impact on music and the world.

“Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something” follows the renowned folk singer from childhood — spent under the shadow of his jazz drummer father —throughout his tragically short life and captures the up-and-down spirit of one of folk’s great humanitarians.

Told through archival footages and new interviews, the film explores the key moments in Chapin’s life, including performing with his brothers and working on the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Legendary Champions”, to his solo success with hits like “Taxi,” “W.O.L.D.” and “Cat’s In The Cradle” and his tireless philanthropic work, which included his efforts with WhyHunger and a seemingly endless run of benefit performances, all of which led to him being posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

This documentary paints a new picture of the singer-songwriter who used his fame as a launching point to help others and influence politics.

“Harry Chapin was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He wanted to change the world. And he did.” — Ken Kragen, Harry Chapin’s manager and co-creator of USA for Africa and Hands Across America