Sullivan's Travels
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In Preston Sturges' classic comedy of Depression-era 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 Sullivan's studio transforms his odyssey into a publicity stunt, providing the would-be nomad… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Sturges' dialog is trenchant, has drive, possesses crispness and gets the laughs where that is desired."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sullivan's Travels is one of the screen's more 'significant' films."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Not remotely a defense of junk, but it does respect comedy as a force for escapism."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Forgotten for years along with its maker, writer/director Preston Sturges, Sullivan's Travels has only recently enjoyed a comeback and induction into classic status."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...a plot with more curves than Veronica Lake."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A dubious proposition, but in Sturges's hands a charming one, filled out by his unparalleled sense of eccentric character."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"a highly satirical piece, poking fun at Hollywood itself and showing how out of touch it can be"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...just not as funny as its choir of supporters have made it out to be."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
"Its message drags it from the front guard of Sturges's work, but it shines nonetheless."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Generally considered Preston Sturges' best film -- almost certainly his most personal."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Sullivan's Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations, and superlative performances throughout."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It is, quite simply, a dazzling piece of filmmaking."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A delicious tragi-comedy set during the Great Depression."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The genius of this classic opening scene is that Sullivan's Travels is both screwball comedy and socially conscious melodrama — as well as a satire of socially conscious melodrama, and a serious apologetic for crowd-pleasing comedy."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"A full-blooded thesis deriding the boring message film."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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