Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

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Director: Preston Sturges, Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest

Cast: Preston Sturges, Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest


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The most ambitious of Preston Sturges' string of 1940s classics, Sullivan's Travels is a brilliant mixture of genres, combining giddy comedy with often brutal realism, made all the more powerful by the contrast. The first part of the film, which details the botched attempts of idealistic film director John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) to leave Hollywood, smoothly blends outrageous slapstick with Sturges' customary satirical dialogue, and includes classic exchanges between Sullivan and his Hollywood producers (Robert Warwick and Porter Hall) and his hilariously droll and opinionated butler (Robert Greig). The tone of the movie changes considerably with three bravura sequences. The first, a graceful, wordless section in which Sullivan and his nameless companion (Veronica Lake, showing a nice flair for comedy) spend a night among the homeless, proves that, although Sturges is noted mainly for his writing, he was also a sensitive and talented director. The second, a violent chain gang episode almost shocking in its stark realism, and the third, a short musical passage set in a rural church, hammer home the movie's apparent moral: that, as Sullivan puts it, there's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Sturges may seem to be ridiculing a cinema of ideas, but his final joke is that Sullivan's Travels supports a different argument: that comedy and serious drama can co-exist quite happily after all. Mark Pittillo

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Universal Studios
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Special Features

100 years of Universal: the Carl Laeummle era; 100 years of Universal: the Lew Wasserman era; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea John L. Sullivan
Veronica Lake The Girl
William Demarest Mr. Jones
Franklin Pangborn Mr. Casalais
Porter Hall Mr. Hadrian
Robert Warwick Mr. Lebrand
Eric Blore Sullivan's Valet
Robert Greig Sullivan's Butler
Byron Foulger Mr. Valdelle
Maggie Hayes Secretary
Torben Meyer Doctor
Richard Webb Radio Man
Charles Moore Chef
Billy Bletcher Entertainer in Hospital
Frank Moran Tough Chauffeur
Gus Reed Mission Cook
Victor Potel Cameraman
Almira Sessions Ursula
Esther Howard Miz Zeffie
Georges Renavent Old Tramp
Harry Rosenthal The Trombenick
Al Bridge The Mister
Jimmy Conlin Trusty
Jan Buckingham Mrs. Sullivan
Harry Hayden Mr. Carson
Arthur Hoyt Preacher
Roscoe Ates Counterman
Jess Lee Brooks Black Preacher
Chick Collins Capital
Chester Conklin Old Bum
Edgar Dearing Cop
Robert Dudley One-Legged Bum
Jimmie Dundee Labor
Perc Launders Yard Man
John Farrell MacDonald Desk Sergeant
Esther Michelson Woman
Emory Parnell Man at Railroad Shack
Dewey Robinson Sheriff
Preston Sturges Studio Director
Julius Tannen Public Defender
Pat West Counterman
Monte Blue Cop in slums
Edward Hearn Cop, Beverly Hills Station
Elsa Lanchester Actor
Frank Mills Drunk in Theater
Paul Newlan Truck driver
Willard Robertson Judge
Harry Seymour Entertainer in Air-Raid Shelter
Sul Te Wan Harmonica player
Harry Tyler R.R. Information Clerk
Robert Winkler Bud
Howard Mitchell Railroad Clerk

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Bradshaw Score Composer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Paul Jones Associate Producer
Sigmund Krumgold Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry D. Mills Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Leo Shuken Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sullivan's Travels
1. Logos/Titles [1:49]
2. "With a Little Sex In it" [5:30]
3. The Butler's Advice [4:14]
4. The Great Chase [5:29]
5. Dead Man's Clothes [2:15]
6. The Great Escape [3:20]
7. The Girl [4:32]
8. All Washed Up [5:10]
9. "You Must Have a Swimming Pool" [4:00]
10. All Aboard [5:11]
11. "Better with a Girl" [3:59]
12. The Busy Bee [3:04]
13. Back Where They Belong [2:20]
14. Hobos Once Again [6:34]
15. Sully's Married [3:06]
16. Greed [3:57]
17. The Soles of His Shoes [3:52]
18. Six Years [3:56]
19. A Prisoner [5:29]
20. Picture Show [5:35]
21. The Plot Needs a Twist [1:53]
22. "Because You Were Dead!" [2:36]
23. A Comedy [2:40]


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Sullivan's Travels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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After a string of B-movies, icy cool and slick Veronica Lake graduated to the big time with ¿Sullivan¿s Travels¿ the Preston Sturges¿ screwball message picture in which she costars with Joel McCrea. McCrea is film wunderkind, John L. Sullivan, a director of frothy comedies who desires to make a truly gritty motion picture about the 'suffering of humanity'. One problem - Sullivan doesn't know the first thing about suffrage, having been born with a silver spoon and thrust into a lucrative career in an industry ripened on escapism. So what's a desperate rich guy to do? Well, if you¿re Sullivan you decide to impersonate a hobo and ride the rails in search of the ¿suffering of humanity.¿ On one such fact finding journey, Sullivan finds ¿the girl¿ (Veronica Lake). At first believing Sullivan to be a hobo, ¿the girl¿ buys him breakfast. Despite being down and out herself, she falls for Sullivan¿s floppy eared good nature and, upon learning that she¿s now ¿the girl¿ of one of the richest directors in the business she becomes a complicit participant in Sullivan¿s research for the forgotten men and women of the Great Depression. Sturges ¿ considered by many to be one of the truly great all time directors - delivers what is probably his greatest film in his canon with this sobering concoction of merriment and mire, celebrating the wacky-tacky nature of the film industry and exposing the grim harsh reality of poverty on a grand scale. Truly, this is an outstanding accomplishment amongst screwball comedies. For once, ¿Sullivan¿s Travels¿ is a Criterion DVD I can actually recommend on every level. First, the picture quality of this classic film is bar none the most outstanding effort from Criterion. The gray scale is superbly balanced. Blacks are black. Contrast and shadow levels are amazing. Fine details are well represented. There are NO digital anomalies. The audio is mono but cleaned up in such a way that one hardly notices its dated shortcomings. AT LAST - as an extra, Criterion gives us 'Preston Sturges: A Life' a thoroughly engrossing, in-depth, full fledged documentary on the man, the making of this movie and his entire career. The documentary is so good in fact that you will surely want to watch it more than once. Yes, there's also an audio commentary and the usual Lux Radio junket that accompanies most Criterion classic titles, but the documentary is what counts here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not much of a review actually... A thouroughly enjoyable film in true satire. Did you notice the name of the book that Sullivan wrote to chronicle his adventure? It was ''Oh Brother, Where art Thou?''
Bubba85 More than 1 year ago
Criterion has done an expert job on Sullivan's Travels. The clarity of the picture is outstanding.The sound has been cleaned up and the great script is easy to hear and understand. The "extras" on the disc are first rate. The documentary about Preston Sturges is informative and a lot of fun to watch. The radio interview of Sturges with Hopper is a lost gem. This DVD is worth the extra money.
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