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Sullivan's Travels [DVD] [1941]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The blu-ray visual quality isn't quite up there with others I've seen from this time, or before, and the documentary accompanying the film is pretty rudimentary: the kind where the stars and relatives speak rather than the cinema studies experts. The viewer is so much better off reading Sturges' beautifully written memoirs (that were finally published quite recently). As for the film itself, the beginning is wonderful: great writing, and hilarious. There is a change of pace as Veronica Lake joins, but if you can shift gears, the scene in the cafe is another to be relished.

It's when the situation turns bad, and from then on, that the film doesn't do as well as his brilliant-and-hilarious-all-the-way-through Hail the Conquering Hero and Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Sullivan's Travels goes for a big change of tone and goes out of its way to get "deep dish" despite Sturges intending the film as an answer to films that he perceived as too much so. And Joel McRea is just too Gary Cooper-stolid (his sneezes can't make up for this) compared for instance to what Eddie Bracken in the aforementioned movies could brought to the material.

Sullivan's Travels has the reputation as Sturges' best film, which is a shame, because it is the formal changes of tone that impresses more than much of the content. Hail the Conquering Hero, Miracle of Morgan's Creek and also the Palm Beach Story and Christmas in July, on the other hand, are Sturges at the top of his game in the wit and intelligence of his writing throughout.

Sturges has been extremely well served by Diane Jacobs' biography, a really excellent relating of Sturges' story, well above the nevertheless reasonable standard of the usual biographies of directors or stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2015
Preston Sturgess wonderful satire with Joel McCrea as Sullivan a Hollywood director famous for his comedies who decides he wants to make a serious movie for a change and so disguises himself as a hobo and takes to the road to see the real America but along the way meets sexy Veronica Lake and ends up in prison for a murder rap of which he is innocent.It is there that Sully discovers that making people laugh may be his greatest gift.This is a lovely movie with something important to say about life and the chemistry between McCrea and Lake is a joy .Favourite scene-When Sully is watching a Disney cartoon in prison and looks around to see the look of joy on the prisoners faces at something so innocent- some times laughter really is the best medicine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2014
There are plenty of reviews of this excellent film, so other than to say I really enjoyed it I will not comment. However on this Blu-ray version of the disc, it is worth buying for the extras alone. The documentary Preston Sturges :The Rise and Fall of An American dreamer makes one appreciate what an incredible career and a life led to the full by Sturges. There are plenty of clips of his films, archive footage of him and interviews with people who knew him, totally fascinating! Highly Recommended.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2005
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 14 July 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2015
Excellent value .Speedy service.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2008
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?
Rob
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2010
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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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2009
I have never seen this movie before but some of the sentiment is as relevant today as when it was made. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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