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This is the coolest movie about a Director who takes off on a "Social Experiment" living like a "Hobo" a new Fave! Interesting Factoid... The screenplay he was writing in the movie was supposed to be called " O Brother Where Art Thou" Sound familiar?? Love that movie and really neat, I did not know that one was based on this one!!!
I've never known quite what to make of this film. On the one hand, it encourages us to look outside our circumstance and see how others live who aren't so fortunate. Then again, it also shows a pointlessness to it because look what he gets for his trouble. You can easily do what this director did when you know you have money and comfort to come back to. I guess I'm not so enamored of the film as many are. IMO, the real star of this film is Veronica Lake. I've seen all her films and this is her very best. She's is strikingly beautiful, sharp-tongued and sharp-witted here. The writing is exceptional for her role. Lake had a tragic life and died at 50. It's nice knowing she will always be remembered through this film.
One Great Picture Of Any Age
Can't say enough positive things about this movie.Great company of actors,Joel and Veronica Tops.
- Dashiell Barnes
A funny social comedy from Sturges. McCrea gives an Academy Award- deserving performance & Lake is terrific as his love interest. Sturges brilliant screenplay is a mix of many genres that manages to lift our spirits with laughter. An essential comedy that will still be relevant for future filmgoers. I give it a 4.5/5.
I Got It Wrong
- Bruce Reber
In my previous review of "Sullivan's Travels" I said that Sully was a director tired of making feel-good films and wanted to do a serious film about the struggles of the lower classes. After his travels posing as a hobo and his various experiences he decides to make a comedy, because he now believes people would rather laugh and feel good than be miserable watching a drama about the everyday realities and troubles they're dealing with.
Sullivan's Travels (1942)
- Bruce Reber
"Sullivan's Travels", starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake is the story of a Hollywood director who's tired of making "feel good" films and decides to travel America as a hobo so that he can truly understand the tragic situation of the poor lower classes so that he can make a powerful drama. But in the end he wants to do a comedy instead. Why? Was it that whack on the head, or the love of "The Girl"? Anyway, I think he should have stuck to his guns and made that drama. Sullivan seems to be a composite of John Ford and William Wellman, and both those directors made some very great dramas, most notably "The Grapes of Wrath" (Ford) and "Wild Boys of the Road" (Wellman).
Or, how I learned to live in one easy lesson.
This is a tenderhearted yet still brutal film about a film director's study of the "Human condition". His quest for knowledge about how the "other side" lives takes him on a journey that he will not soon forget. His search to understand how to "reach" his movie audience takes him through some very bizzare twists and turns in the events which unfold. He is finally enlightened to the realization that the way to truly "touch" people is a way he previously had disdained, as he simply did not understand it, yet sometimes the things that make life worth living are frequently the most simple things in life. A touching blend of drama tinged with comedic misadventures. Very entertaining, should not be missed.