Sullivan's Travels (1941)
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In Preston Sturges' classic comedy of Depression-era America, filmmaker John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), fed up with directing profitable comedies like "Ants in Your Plants of 1939," is consumed with the desire to make a serious social statement in his upcoming film, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" Unable to function in the rarefied atmosphere of Hollywood, Sullivan decides to hit the road, disguised as a tramp, and touch base with the "real" people of America. But Sullivan's studio transforms his
Dec 1, 1941 Wide
Aug 21, 2001
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Sturges' dialog is trenchant, has drive, possesses crispness and gets the laughs where that is desired.
A dubious proposition, but in Sturges's hands a charming one, filled out by his unparalleled sense of eccentric character.
Sullivan's Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations, and superlative performances throughout.
Sullivan's Travels is one of the screen's more 'significant' films.
a highly satirical piece, poking fun at Hollywood itself and showing how out of touch it can be
Not remotely a defense of junk, but it does respect comedy as a force for escapism.
Forgotten for years along with its maker, writer/director Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels has only recently enjoyed a comeback and induction into classic status.
Its message drags it from the front guard of Sturges's work, but it shines nonetheless.
The genius of this classic opening scene is that Sullivan's Travels is both screwball comedy and socially conscious melodrama as well as a satire of socially conscious melodrama, and a serious apologetic for crowd-pleasing comedy.
Generally considered Preston Sturges' best film -- almost certainly his most personal.
...it ends up coming down solidly on the side of laughs (thanks to writer/director Preston Sturges), beauty (thanks to Veronica Lake) and self-effacing modesty (thanks to Joel McCrea).
...a search for the director's meaning in his work and a reassuring statement about Sturges's own understanding of his art.
A work of great depth and humanity that also happens to be very funny.
Audience Reviews for Sullivan's Travels
- The Girl: You've taken all the joy out of life. I was all through with this kind of stuff. I mean, I knew I'd never have it - but there was no envy in my heart. I'd found a friend who'd swipe a car to take me home..., now I'm right back where I started: just an extra-girl having breakfast with a director. Only I didn't used to have breakfast with them. Maybe that was my trouble.
- John L. Sullivan: Did they ever ask you to?
- The Girl: No
- John L. Sullivan: Well then don't pat yourself on the back.
- The Girl: Take me with you.
- John L. Sullivan: What?
- The Girl: I'm sorry I pushed you in the water too.
- John L. Sullivan: I probably needed it.
- The Girl: You certainly did.
- John L. Sullivan: Did I?
- The Girl: I didn't mind you. In fact, I had kind of a yin for you.
- John L. Sullivan: You have?
- The Girl: Not in that thing. I liked you better as a tramp.
- John L. Sullivan: Well I can't help the kind of people you like.
- The Girl: Where's the swimming pool, you must have a swimming pool.
- Mr. Lebrand: Get me a copy of that "Oh brother, where art thou!",I guess I'll have to read it now. Make that two copies! Why should I have to suffer alone?
- John L. Sullivan: He gets a bit gruesome every once in a while.
- Sullivan's Valet: Yes, always reading books, sir.
- John L. Sullivan: There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan. Boy!
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