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MPAA Rating - NR

    90 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Aug 21, 2001

    Preston Sturges

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

Movie Summary
In Preston Sturges classic comedy of Depression 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 Sullivans studio transforms his odyssey into a publicity stunt, providing the would-be nomad with a luxury van, complete with butler (Robert Grieg) 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 The Girl (Veronica Lake), a down-and-out failed actress. Experiencing first hand the scroungy existence of real-life hoboes, Sullivan returns to Hollywood full of bleeding-heart fervor. After first arranging for The Girls 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 cold-cocked by a tramp, who steals Sullivans 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, Sullivans Travels is Sturges masterpiece and one of the finest movies about movies ever made. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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