Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan's Travels

Preston Sturges (1941)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This sparkling satire from writer/director Preston Sturges centres on the age-old Hollywood dilemma of art versus entertainment. Giving perhaps his best performance, Joel McCrea plays a hugely successful slapstick comedy director who yearns to make a serious movie. So he hits the road, disguised as a tramp, in a concerted attempt to find out what it means to suffer. With Veronica Lake in a star-making turn as McCrea's travelling companion, the plot veers from inspired insight to corny contrivance at such a rattling pace, the sheer vigour of the action carries you along. This classic comedy should leave you in no doubt where Sturges thought a movie's first duty lay, yet it's also one of the few films that manages to strike a winning balance between entertainment and conscience.


A movie director tires of making fluffy comedies and decides to make a make a serious film about life during the Great Depression. However, he knows nothing about poverty or suffering, so to broaden his horizons he disguises himself as a tramp and takes a journey across America, finding love with an out-of-work actress along the way. Preston Sturges' comedy drama, with Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick and William Demarest.

Cast & Crew

John L Lloyd Sullivan Joel McCrea
The girl Veronica Lake
Mr Lebrand Robert Warwick
Mr Jones William Demarest
Mr Casalsis Franklin Pangborn
Mr Hadrian Porter Hall
Johnny Valdelle Byron Foulger
Burroughs Robert Greig
Director Preston Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray