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Director:
Writer:
Preston Sturges (written by)
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Release Date:
December 1941 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A Happy-Go Lucky Hitch-Hiker on the Highway to happiness! He wanted to see the world . . . but wound up in Lover's Lane! See more »
Plot:
A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about Life...which gives him a rude awakening. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
A celebration of the healing power of comedy See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joel McCrea ... John Lloyd Sullivan

Veronica Lake ... The Girl
Robert Warwick ... Mr. LeBrand

William Demarest ... 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
Esther Howard ... Miz Zeffie Kornheiser
Frank Moran ... Tough Chauffeur
Georges Renavent ... Old Tramp
Harry Rosenthal ... The Trombenick
Al Bridge ... Jake - 'The Mister' (as Alan Bridge)
Jimmy Conlin ... Trusty
Jan Buckingham ... Mrs. Sullivan
Robert Winkler ... Bud
Chick Collins ... Capital - Tramp on Train
Jimmie Dundee ... Labor - Tramp on Train
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Anderson ... Sullivan's Ex-Manager (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Ashley ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates ... Hollywood Diner Counterman (uncredited)
Ruth Bias ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Tramp in Soup Kitchen (uncredited)

Billy Bletcher ... Entertainer in Hospital (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Policeman in Slums (uncredited)
Grace Boone ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Hobo Hopping Train (uncredited)
Arie Lee Branche ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
William Broadus ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Jess Lee Brooks ... Church Preacher Showing Movie (uncredited)
Anita Brown ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Ruth Byers ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Matilda Caldwell ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Mark Carnahan ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Chester Conklin ... Old Bum (uncredited)
Laurence Criner ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Gladys Davis ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
James Davis ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Joan Douglas ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
A. Downs ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Frances Driver ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... One-Legged Hobo (uncredited)
LeRoy Edwards ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Fay Fifer ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Gray ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Convict (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... Charlie - Church Projectionist (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Inez Hatchett ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Policeman at Beverly Hills Station (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Preacher at Revival Mission (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Man in Bathhouse / Studio Executive (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Convict Watching Movie in Church (uncredited)
Pearl Lancaster ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Cora Lang ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Rail Yard Bull (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Tramp at Revival Meeting (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Woman on 'Poor Street' (uncredited)

Ray Milland ... Near-collision man on studio street (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Drunk Eating in Theater (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Railroad Clerk (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Artie Overstreet ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Rail Yard Bull (uncredited)
War Perkins ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Convict Watching Movie in Church (uncredited)
Gus Reed ... Mission Cook (uncredited)
Mary Reed ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Reporter (uncredited)
Willard Robertson ... Judge (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Charlie - Sheriff (uncredited)
Sheila Sheldon ... Child on 'Poor Street' (uncredited)
Irving Smith ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Preston Sturges ... Studio Director (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Church Harmonium Player (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Public Defender (uncredited)
Lillian Taylor ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Henry 'Hot Shot' Thomas ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Maggie Thomas ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Railroad Information Clerk (uncredited)
Notable Vines ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Cheryl Walker ... Veronica Lake's Double (uncredited)
Pat West ... Las Vegas Diner Counterman (uncredited)
Jack Winslow ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Toothless Man at Revival Meeting (uncredited)

Directed by
Preston Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Preston Sturges (written by)

Produced by
Paul Jones .... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Preston Sturges .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Bradshaw 
Leo Shuken 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz  (as John Seitz)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
 
Casting by
Robert Mayo (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Merle Reeves .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine .... hair stylist supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Youngerman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barton Adams .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Anthony Mann .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hollingsworth Morse .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert Goodstein .... second props (uncredited)
Oscar Law .... first props (uncredited)
Ray Moyer .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound recordist (as Harry Mills)
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Wallace Nogle .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Grant Rymal .... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Ziegler .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Stunts
Wesley Hopper .... stunt double: Joel McCrea (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy .... stunt double (uncredited)
John Sinclair .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francis Burgess .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl Crowell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Walter McCloud .... company grip (uncredited)
Talmadge Morrison .... still photographer (uncredited)
Otto Pierce .... second camera operator (uncredited)
James Tait .... electrician (uncredited)
George Ziegler .... mike grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Norman Ferguson .... animator: "Playful Pluto" (uncredited)
Dick Lundy .... animator: "Playful Pluto" (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Bill Greenwald .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Bert McKay .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Alice Thomas .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clayton Brackett .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chandler House .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sigmund Krumgold .... musical director
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph J. Lilley .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Albert Hay Malotte .... composer: cartoon music (uncredited)
Ernst Toch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Laemmle .... assistant writer
Teet Carle .... publicist (uncredited)
Nesta Charles .... script clerk (uncredited)
Walt Disney .... producer: "Playful Pluto" (uncredited)
Burt Gillett .... director: "Playful Pluto" (uncredited)
Edwin Gillette .... secretary: Mr. Sturges (uncredited)
Norman Lacey .... location manager (uncredited)
Marie Morris .... secretary (uncredited)
Isabelle Sullivan .... script assistant (uncredited)
Cheryl Walker .... double: Veronica Lake (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
90 min | West Germany:85 min (TV premiere)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | South Korea:12 (2004) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2000) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #7382) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Frances Farmer tested for the role of the girl, which eventually went to Veronica Lake.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sullivan and The Girl enter the giant communal sleeping room with the other tramps, the sign on the wall behind them mentions writing a letter to your mother. The sign is still there when the cook comes to wake them up, but in wide shots, the sign moves further left and a different sign is in its place.See more »
Quotes:
Miz Zeffie:He seems very strong. Did you notice his torso?
Ursula:I noticed that you noticed it.
Miz Zeffie:Don't be vindictive, dear. Some people are just naturally more sensitive to some things in life than some people. Some are blind to beauty, while others... Even as a little girl you were more the acid type, dear, while I, if you remember...
Ursula:I remember better than you do.
Miz Zeffie:Well forget it. And furthermore I have never done anything that I was ashamed of, Ursula.
Ursula:Neither have I.
Miz Zeffie:Yes, dear, but nobody ever asked you to.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Stardust Memories (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Let My People GoSee more »

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37 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
A celebration of the healing power of comedy, 8 February 2001
Author: tork0030 from Minneapolis, Minnesota

As a professional circus clown for twenty years,I think that Sullivan's Travels is the best, most lucid, explanation of what comedy is all about that has ever been made. Sure it's hokey, corny, contrived, and meandering. But so is all great comedy, from Shakespeare to Seinfeld! If you want your comedy to be tightly constructed, meaningful, unambiguous, and logical, then you do not want comedy at all -- you want some stuffy college professor's idea of What is Comedy for a term paper.

The glorious truth is that you cannot domesticate great comedy. It occurs on no regular basis, from no reliable source, and is accountable to no one for what it says and does. Preston Sturges wanted to make that point in Sullivans Travels and he does so exceedingly well with everything from slapstick frolics in the land cruiser to fleas in the bed to hectoring soliloquies about poverty from the butler.

Ten years before Chaplin tried to explain the same thing in his movie Limelight, Sturges tells a tale meant to both hearten and cozen us. It heartens us to know that a cynical, moneygrubbing place like Hollywood will continue to spin out comedies, because they make money. And it cozens us into thinking there is something magical about comedians. Anyone who has ever actually known or been married to a professional funnyperson knows they are by turns grumpy, lazy, tempermental, stubborn, and always insecure. Not the life of the party. But so what? They're clowns, god bless 'em, and that's all that counts.

You'll never understand the craft of humor if you don't watch, and love, Preston Sturges Sullivan's Travels!

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