Sullivan's Travels


Action / Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 90%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 20308


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Veronica Lake as The Girl
Ray Milland as Near-collision man on studio street
Joel McCrea as John L. Sullivan
William Demarest as Mr. Jones
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23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 10 / 10

A must-see movie!

Copyright 4 December 1941 by Paramount Pictures Inc. New York opening at the Paramount: 28 January 1942. Sydney opening at the Prince Edward: 31 July 1942 (ran 3 weeks). 8,251 feet. 91 minutes.

SYNOPSIS: A successful Hollywood film director who has made nothing but lightweight films such as "So Long, Sarong", suddenly gets the notion that he should make a searing drama about human suffering.

COMMENT: Most critics feel that the message of this comedy is simply that expressed by the hero at the fade-out, namely that making people laugh is more important than dishing out a "message". So far as it goes, that's true. Notice, for instance, how the guy twisting out a sermon to all the captive bums in the mission house is so cleverly lampooned as the camera devastatingly tracks back from his harangue to the rows and rows of poor souls forced to listen to him.

But the film is more than an artist-be-content-with-thy-lot. It's an attack on poverty itself and the sort of society in which it breeds. It's significant that, aside from the stars McCrea and Lake, the only actor who gets a really close, dialogue close-up in the movie is Robert Grieg: "You see, sir, rich people and theorists — who are usually rich people — think of poverty in the negative: as the lack of riches; just as disease might be called the lack of health. But it isn't, sir. Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague, virulent in itself, contagious as cholera; with filth, criminality, vice and despair as only a few of its symptoms. It is to be stayed away from, even for purposes of study. It is to be shunned!"

What few critics have noticed is that the movie is also an attack on America's class-rigid society. "I'm a motion picture director," exclaims Sullivan, on finding himself in a chain gang. "They don't sentence motion picture directors to six years in prison for a little altercation with a yard boss." — "They don't?" questions the little trusty (Jimmy Conlin) most dubiously. And that so-called "little altercation" put the yard boss in hospital with a cracked skull and lacerated face. A "vicious assault", as the judge properly describes it. Yet Sullivan is freed with remarkable celerity as soon as his claim is verified. Someone as important in society as a motion picture director is above the law.

Another example occurs earlier on in the movie when McCrea, pretending to be an ordinary member of the public, is rudely rebuffed by a railroad information clerk. However, when his valet, Eric Blore, putting on his smarmiest accent, announces that "A few of us down at the club were having a little bet...", the information is readily forthcoming. The rich man's foibles are instantly catered for.

Reviewed by Richie-67-485852 10 / 10

Travel Along

Delightful entertainment delivered with some powerful scenes and potent messages that hold to this day. One of the themes is homelessness and that hasn't changed since this movie was made except it got worse but it has always been a plague on man. By homeless, include materially poor, hungry, hopeless and wretched where man is shamed into submission. This was never meant to be. The current state of mankind is to be blamed on mankind for man still has not figured out how to cure this and more yet the answers are there and doable. Note: Homeless decades ago were mostly decent people down on their luck needing a break and some criminal element mixed in. Today it s more criminal element with some down & out-ters thrown in. Drug addicts, alcoholics and felons on the run often use a cloak of homeless to hide in while others cannot escape it for lack of resources and what we would call "a break". The systems that keep us in bondage are hard to break and this film gives us a close-up on it quite well. I like the presentation of the subject using comedy to visit with it and as you watch this movie, it actually goes where you would not expect and pulls you in even deeper into enjoyment. Light hearted but serious at the same time, we get the messages and then some. Enjoy your favorite stars giving us their trade and imagine what it must have been like to catch this in a local movie theater back in the day with another feature too. Include a date and some snack and this was a night out. I enjoyed some pork jerky, a drink and Joel Mcrea who is and was as easy as he is portrayed.

Reviewed by bettycjung 7 / 10

No matter when, life is hard when you have no money and no friends

11/15/17. A good look at a time when hobos rode the train across the U.S. because they belonged nowhere, so everywhere can be somewhere they can bum around for a night. McCrea gets his lessons of life from his privileged upbringing by trying to live as someone who knew no one and had no money. And, what he learns about life wasn't too pretty. Worth catching as this is a National Film Registry pick. And, you get a chance to see Veronica Lake who was quite a big star at the time.

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