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Sullivan's Travels [Blu-ray]

Joel McCrea , Veronica Lake , Preston Sturges    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Academy
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,152 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Writer-director Preston Sturges's third feature, 1941's Sullivan's Travels, remains the antic auteur's most ambitious screen effort. Having added the producer's stripe to his duties, Sturges combines breezy romantic comedy, arch Hollywood satire, and social essay into a single, screwball story line. The titular pilgrim is John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), an Ivy League grad who's enjoyed a meteoric rise as the director behind escapist movies like Ants in Your Pants of 1938, but is now determined to raise his sights toward more exalted, serious-minded cinematic art. His proposed breakthrough, portentously titled O Brother, Where Art Thou?, elicits a studio response closer to "Oh, brother," given the director's utter lack of first-hand experience on the wrong side of the tracks.

Instead of capitulating, Sullivan sets off disguised as a tramp, ready to meet life's crueler lessons face-to-face--albeit followed at a discreet distance by a motor home filled with studio handlers and reporters. His ludicrous odyssey may give the boy director no real insight, but it gives Sturges the chance to inject some reliably fine gags and a romantic subplot featuring the luminous Veronica Lake. It's at this juncture that Sturges the writer's darker objective throws a jolting shift in tone. Suffice it to say that just when a comic, upbeat denouement seems imminent, Sullivan travels instead from the sunlit California of the comedy's early reels toward a darker, relentlessly downbeat world influenced more by the social realism of the movies the hero desperately wants to make. By the final reel, Sturges has flirted with real tragedy, turning his conclusion into a meditation on his own seemingly carefree, dizzily comic art. --Sam Sutherland

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Sullivan's Travels

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Mario
This film is the most complete and accessible of all Sturges's films. Others have funnier moments although the mad chase near the start should have your stitches bursting; others are more frenetic, manic, bonkers etc. This is the only one'll make you weep a little so really it's anomalous if you want pure satire. There's a modernity of sensibility about Sturges which impresses compared to much of the stuff which doesn't date well from the period. Joel is a great sneezer, the best in cinema that I've seen and reminds me of the Tunes advert for the bloke who wanted a 'Return dicket to Dottingham' except Joel does it really well. In fact he's better than Eddie Bracken's hayfevered Truesmith in Hail the Conquering Hero, although he's pretty good too. The wit is just immense and Veronica Lake is like your Daddy told you she was - enchanting. There are always black characters in Sturges too. That sounds pretty patronizing but the scenes in the church where the 'decent' black community play host to the filthy prison inmates who are (this bit is clearly 'in the south') 'less fortunate than ourselves' is very knowing and underlines the liberal yet non-wishy-washy sentiments he seems to espouse.
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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" is a film about a great deal many things. Yet, despite its pointed commentary on the social and economic ills inherent in American society, its core message is an important one - people should never underestimate the important role laughter plays in their everyday lives.
Film director John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) tells his studio bosses that he has grown tired of making comedies and wants to direct a project with more substance. He comes up with a plan to pose as a vagrant in order to learn first-hand how the real world treats the less fortunate. After he comes back from his masquerade, Sullivan plans to use his experiences to make an important and socially-conscious new work. A young, struggling actress (Veronica Lake) joins him on his journey but Sullivan's plans go awry when a strange series of circumstances leads to his imprisonment.
"Sullivan's Travels" sometimes feels like it is biting off more than it can chew. Sturges uses Sullivan's 90-minute cinematic trek to comment upon the economic and artistic conflicts present in the Hollywood system, the plight of the downtrodden, and the troubling problems that exist in the American justice and prison systems. Trying to cover so much ground proves disorienting as the story oftentimes abruptly changes its focus. However, "Sullivan's Travels" nonetheless mostly succeeds in its multi-tasking endeavor and turns out to be both an entertaining and thought-provoking viewing experience. McCrea is perfectly cast in the lead role and Veronica Lake oozes with screen presence in every frame she occupies. Chalk up "Sullivan's Travels" as a journey that was well worth taking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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Brilliant movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic situation comedy? 14 July 2013
By bernie VINE VOICE
John L. Lloyd 'Sully' Sullivan (Joel McCrea) a successful comedy movie producer gets it in his mind that comedy is shallow and want s to produce a ""O Brother, Where Art Thou?" to soothe his social conscience and make a few bucks on the side.
On his first foray into the world of the forgotten man he barely escapes captivity and encounters The Girl (Veronica Lake). In his attempt to repay her kindness Sully's sojourn is foiled.
Will he complete his plan and/or will he find what he is really looking for?
Aside from the fun of watching the interaction between the different characters we may come away with an insight that can apply to today.

I Married a Witch ~ Veronica Lake
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Preston Sturges 18 Nov 2008
By Lulu DF
I thought it went without saying that this is one of the most positive and entertaining films from a period with a cliched embarrassment of riches but I see it gets only a three star review.
Quiet undeserved.
See it for yourself and you won't fail to want to be more generous as the spirit of the film persuades your stingy spirit to loose the hold of meanness: that last reviewer was of a mind to give it only one star as he began writing - see what the spirit can do?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent. 7 Aug 2014
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Simply, one of the Hollywood greats. Totally marvellous. Funny but also poignant. The message still stands today.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, amusing , effective and fun 6 Oct 2010
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If you want to watch a film that keeps you amused, with a straightforward storyline, an entertainment with pathos and the stunning Veronica Lake in it ... watch this. love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sullivans Travels
If you like the Cohen Brothers "Oh brother where are thou," this is the film the title came from and is a similar theme of a journey to find out what lifes all about. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kef Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars olden but golden
This is how a film should be made. A first rate story,an excelent script, top class
actors. A film that dosn`t have to rely on specail effects.
Published 10 months ago by T SPENCER (terry)
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeble
Joel McCrea (Sullivan) is a rich kid director who wants to make a film about human suffering but needs it to be pointed out that he has never actually suffered. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by Alex da Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars A Screwball Comedy About Propaganda?
What role do comedy films have during a war? Shouldn't all efforts be made into making propaganda to help the war effort at home and at the front? Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by Sam Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny... and a bit dated
Wonderful performance by one of the most underrated of Hollywood stars, Joel McCrea. Pretty Veronica, good photography, capable direction... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by Movie Fan from Portugal
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful
I have never seen this movie before but some of the sentiment is as relevant today as when it was made. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Published on 25 Mar 2009 by Elizabeth Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not amazing
This film is regarded as a `classic', though personally I can't really see that it merits such distinction. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by Gary P. Davies
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