Sullivan's Travels
Sullivan's Travels (1941)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 1, 1941
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Variety Staff

Sturges' dialog is trenchant, has drive, possesses crispness and gets the laughs where that is desired.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Hard-nosed, farcical, tender, critical, satirical, elitist and populist all at once.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is, quite simply, a dazzling piece of filmmaking.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A dubious proposition, but in Sturges's hands a charming one, filled out by his unparalleled sense of eccentric character.

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Eric Melin

... the movie road-trips from its scripter's typical cynicality to finding an assured kind of resonance in the third act in the most unlikely of places.

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Rob Gonsalves

Not remotely a defense of junk, but it does respect comedy as a force for escapism.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Sullivan's Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations, and superlative performances throughout.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a highly satirical piece, poking fun at Hollywood itself and showing how out of touch it can be

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Chris Barsanti

...just not as funny as its choir of supporters have made it out to be.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Preston Sturges knows that every joke has a victim and decidedly makes him go through the hardships of poverty and anonymity for our own amusement. The… More
Aj V
Oh, this movie was hilarious! Some scenes may get a little too silly, but overall it works. I highly recommend this great screwball comedy.
Devon Bott
A wealthy hollywood director gets more than he bargained for when he goes out looking for "trouble" so as to better identify with the common man (and… More
Jon Lantz
Great film! This movie had really good shots that conveyed good acting, although over the top with dry wit and humor. Since I think that was the goal of this… More
Kevin M. Williams
Sturges' insight about the relevance of humor in a dog-eat-dog world never gets old, mainly because his insight into humanity itself is spot on. And all… More
Bruce Bruce
This is about the best Black & White Movie I have seen in sometime. Veronica Lake was nothing short of great and beautiful, her acting couldn't be… More