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Sullivan's Travels ()


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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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John L. Sullivan
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The Girl
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Mr. LeBrand
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Mr. Jones
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Mr. Casalsis
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Mr. Hadrian
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Mr. Valdelle
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Secretary
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Sullivan's Butler
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Sullivan's Valet
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The Doctor
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Cameraman
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Radio Man
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Colored Chef (as Charles Moore)
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Ursula
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Miz Zeffie
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Tough Chauffeur
Georges Renavent ...
Old Tramp
Harry Rosenthal ...
The Trombenick
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The Mister (as Alan Bridge)
Jimmy Conlin ...
Trustee
Jan Buckingham ...
Mrs. Sullivan
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Bud
Chick Collins ...
Capital
Jimmie Dundee ...
Labor
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George Anderson ...
Sullivan's Ex-Manager (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Ashley ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Hollywood Diner Counterman (uncredited)
Ruth Bias ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Ted Billings ...
Tramp in Soup Kitchen (uncredited)
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Entertainer in Hospital (uncredited)
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Policeman in Slums (uncredited)
Grace Boone ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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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)
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Old Bum (uncredited)
Laurence Criner ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Frances Curry ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Gladys Davis ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
James Davis ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Joan Douglas ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
A. Downs ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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One-Legged Hobo (uncredited)
LeRoy Edwards ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Fay Fifer ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Gray ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Convict (uncredited)
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Charlie - Church Projectionist (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Inez Hatchett ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Policeman at Beverly Hills Station (uncredited)
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Preacher at Revival Mission (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ...
Man in Bathhouse / Studio Executive (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Convict Watching Movie in Church (uncredited)
Pearl Lancaster ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Cora Lang ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Rail Yard Bull (uncredited)
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Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Pat McKee ...
Tramp at Revival Meeting (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ...
Woman on 'Poor Street' (uncredited)
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Near-Collision Man on Studio Street (uncredited)
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Drunk Eating in Theater (uncredited)
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Railroad Clerk (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ...
Truck Driver (uncredited)
Artie Overstreet ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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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)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Judge (uncredited)
Paul Robeson ...
Pastor in church (uncredited)
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Charlie - Sheriff (uncredited)
Sheila Sheldon ...
Child on 'Poor Street' (uncredited)
Irving Smith ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Studio Director (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ...
Church Harmonium Player (uncredited)
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Public Defender (uncredited)
Lillian Taylor ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Henry 'Hot Shot' Thomas ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Maggie Thomas ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Railroad Information Clerk (uncredited)
Notable Vines ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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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

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Preston Sturges

Written by

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Preston Sturges ... (written by)

Produced by

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Paul Jones ... associate producer
Buddy G. DeSylva ... executive producer (uncredited)
Preston Sturges ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Charles Bradshaw ... (musical score)
Leo Shuken ... (music score)

Cinematography by

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John F. Seitz ... (as John Seitz)

Film Editing by

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Stuart Gilmore ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Chandler House ... assistant cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

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Robert Mayo ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Hans Dreier
A. Earl Hedrick ... (as Earl Hedrick)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Wally Westmore ... makeup artist
Hal Lierley ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Merle Reeves ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine ... hair stylist supervisor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joseph C. Youngerman ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Barton Adams ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Anthony Mann ... assistant director (uncredited)
Hollingsworth Morse ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Robert Goodstein ... second props (uncredited)
Oscar Law ... first props (uncredited)
Ray Moyer ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography

Stunts

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Wesley Hopper ... stunt double: Joel McCrea (uncredited)
Allen Pomeroy ... stunt double (uncredited)
John Sinclair ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)

Casting Department

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Bill Greenwald ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Bert McKay ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Alice Thomas ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Clayton Brackett ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Location Management

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Norman Lacey ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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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

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Teet Carle ... publicist (uncredited)
Nesta Charles ... script clerk (uncredited)
Edwin Gillette ... secretary: Mr. Sturges (uncredited)
Ernst Laemmle ... assistant writer (uncredited)
Marie Morris ... secretary (uncredited)
Isabelle Sullivan ... script assistant (uncredited)
Cheryl Walker ... double: Veronica Lake (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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 »
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Also Known As
  • Les voyages de Sullivan (France)
  • Sullivans Reisen (Germany)
  • Los viajes de Sullivan (Spain)
  • Podróze Sullivana (Poland)
  • Sullivans Reisen (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 90 min
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Budget $689,665 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Not only was Veronica Lake pregnant during the making of this movie, she was between six and eight months pregnant. Production took place from June 12 to July 22, 1941, and her daughter Elaine Detlie was born on August 21, 1941. The only other people involved in the production who knew of her condition were the costume designer, Edith Head, and Preston Sturges' then-wife, Louise. Head designed costumes to hide the condition. Lake was afraid that she would not be allowed to make the film if her advanced state of pregnancy was revealed, owing to the physical demands of the role. See more »
Goofs When Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, disguised as hobos, walk along a moonlit river, the legs of a stagehand are clearly seen from the knees down in a tree above their heads. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Cinematographer (1951). See more »
Soundtracks Spring Song See more »
Crazy Credits In the opening credits, the Paramount logo is depicted as a seal on a package wrapped in brown paper. The package is opened, revealing a book with the title of the movie. The pages are turned to show the credits. See more »
Quotes John L. Sullivan: There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan.
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