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Sullivan's Travels ()

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featuring Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Robert Warwick

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 odyssey into a publicity stunt, providing the would-be nomad with a luxury van, complete with butler (Robert Greig) and valet (Eric Blore). Advised by his servants that the poor resent having the rich intrude upon them, Sullivan escapes his retinue and continues his travels incognito. En route, he meets a down-and-out failed actress (Veronica Lake). Experiencing firsthand the scroungy existence of real-life hoboes, Sullivan returns to Hollywood full of bleeding-heart fervor. After first arranging for the girl's screen test, he heads for the railyards, intending to improve the lot of the local rail-riders and bindlestiffs by handing out ten thousand dollars in five-dollar bills. Instead, Sullivan is coldcocked by a tramp, who steals Sullivan's clothes and identification. When the tramp is run over by a speeding train, the world at large is convinced that the great John L. Sullivan is dead. Meanwhile, the dazed Sullivan, dressed like a bum with no identification on his person, is arrested and put to work on a brutal Southern chain gang. With its almost Shakespearean combination of uproarious comedy and grim tragedy, Sullivan's Travels is Sturges' masterpiece and one of the finest movies about movies ever made. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Reviews of Sullivan's Travels

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Douglas M

The Background

by Douglas M on Jan 29, 2013

Sullivan's Travels is excellent background for O Brother Where Art Thou?

chico

Great movie about hollywood version of poverty

by chico on Jul 9, 2009

This is about a director who becomes a bum to understand poverty. On the road to this goal, he meets the character played by Veronica Lake, who is a Hollywood Starlet helping out poor bums. She becomes, through a twist in the plot, a bum too and they travel and see poverty. I would watch it again to just see Veronica Lake. This is the kind of plot that I could imagine Spencer Tracy and Audrey Hepburn might be in....

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