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Sullivan's Travels (1941)

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A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about Life...which gives him a rude awakening.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert Warwick ...
Mr. LeBrand
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Mr. Jones
Franklin Pangborn ...
Mr. Casalsis
Porter Hall ...
Mr. Hadrian
Byron Foulger ...
Johnny Valdelle
Margaret Hayes ...
Secretary
Robert Greig ...
Burroughs - Sullivan's Butler
Eric Blore ...
Sullivan's Valet
Torben Meyer ...
The Doctor
Victor Potel ...
Cameraman
Richard Webb ...
Radio Man
Charles R. Moore ...
Colored Chef (as Charles Moore)
Almira Sessions ...
Ursula Kornheiser
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Storyline

Sullivan is a successful, spoiled, and naive director of fluff films, with a heart-o-gold, who decides he wants to make a film about the troubles of the downtrodden poor. Much to the chagrin of his producers, he sets off in tramp's clothing with a single dime in his pocket to experience poverty first-hand, and gets some reality shock. Written by Bob Doolittle <Bob.Doolittle@east.sun.com>

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December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sullivans Reisen  »

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$689,665 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Preston Sturges had originally intended to use a clip from a Charles Chaplin film for the church sequence, but Chaplin wouldn't give permission. In an earlier scene, Joel McCrea does parody the Little Tramp character. The cartoon eventually used was Walt Disney's Playful Pluto (1934). See more »

Goofs

When the supposedly unconscious Sullivan is being pulled by a bum who hit him into an empty boxcar, you can see the actor (Joel McRae) push himself along with his foot, apparently because the other man is not strong enough to drag him. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: You know, the nice thing about buying food for a man is that you don't have to listen to his jokes. Just think, if you were some big shot like a casting director or something, I'd be staring into your bridgework saying 'Yes, Mr. Smearcase. No, Mr. Smearcase. Not really, Mr. Smearcase! Oh, Mr. Smearcase, that's my knee!' Give Mr. Smearcase another cup of coffee. Make it two. Want a piece of pie?
John L. Sullivan: No thanks, kid.
The Girl: Why, Mr. Smearcase, aren't you getting a little familiar?
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Referenced in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) See more »

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Spring Song
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as part of the score when Sullivan starts his experiment
Reprised when he starts a second time
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One of Hollywood's best comedies
4 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those real joys -- the film you always hope you were going to see when you take the act of faith of going to a theater. This is as good as it gets. McCrea is Sullivan, a successful director (of such films as "Ants in Your Pants of 1938") who decides that in order to make his "important" film -- "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" -- he must take to the road as a hobo and discover suffering. Bringing along lovely Veronica Lake would, of course, tend to defeat the purpose of his "experiment" -- but she is such a wonderful person in this role you could overlook even the extreme silliness of her posing as a boy!

Very funny and still effective, while managing to avoid typical story elements (such as his fight with the girl) that infuse all these road trip/romance movies since "It Happened One Night." An exceptional example of its genre and an exceptional film in any estimation. Probably will be popular even with people who propose to not like "old movies".


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