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Sullivan's Travels

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A successful Hollywood director disguises himself as a bum and sets off to see America from the bottom up. In the midst of the brutality and despair, he makes a valuable discovery-- that what the downtrodden need most is laughter.
Title: Sullivan's travels
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2001.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Some credits and series from container.
Special features: audio commentary by Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean ; Preston Sturges: the rise and fall of an American dreamer, a 76-minute documentary made by Kenneth Bowser for PBS's American masters series ; interview with Preston Sturges' widow Sandy Sturges ; Hedda Hopper interview with Preston Sturges ; archival audio recordings of Sturges singing his original composition My love and reciting the poem If I were king ; storyboards and blueprints ; production stills archive ; scrapbook of original publicity materials ; original theatrical trailer.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1941.
Summary: A successful Hollywood director disguises himself as a bum and sets off to see America from the bottom up. In the midst of the brutality and despair, he makes a valuable discovery-- that what the downtrodden need most is laughter.
Audience: Not rated.
ISBN: 1559409193
Branch Call Number: DVD0146
Statement of Responsibility: a Paramount Picture ; written and directed by Preston Sturges ; [produced by Paul Jones]
Credits: Director of photography, John Seitz ; editor, Stuart Gilmore ; music, Leo Shuken and Charles Bradshaw.
Performers: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Margaret Hayes, Porter Hall, Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore, Robert Greig, Georges Renavent, Harry Rosenthal.
System Details: DVD; mono, full screen presentation.
Other Language: SDH.
Subject Headings: United States Social conditions 1933-1945 Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Tramps United States Drama. Motion picture producers and directors United States Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Comedy films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Tramps
Motion picture producers and directors
Publisher No: CC1572D
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Oct 11, 2011
  • roadshowrigoletto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ah, yes, Veronica Lake. That's about all I have to say on that subject, so let's get something said about the film itself. A thought? I like old cartoons, having a certain affection for the likes of Betty Boop and such, but the laughter of the church audience just seems forced. None of those old cartoons was that funny. It seems that the film is at such great pains to deny the validity of Sullivan's initial premise that it misses opportunities to actually examine the premise. Of course, Hollywood was going to see a value in presenting that which Hollywood does best: comforting illusions. Preston Sturges is pleased with himself? How surprising that is. Oh, and don't think I dislike him for it. It's just human. Of course, there is another film of that era, "My Man Godfrey" that does do what Sturges was reluctant to do.

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