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Sullivan’s Travels

Preston Sturges

 
Sullivan’s Travels (Criterion Blu-Ray)

14 Apr 2015

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  • United States
  • 1941
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #118

Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he encounters a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

Cast

John L. SullivanJoel McCrea
The GirlVeronica Lake
Mr. LeBrand Robert Warwick
Mr. JonesWilliam Demarest
Mr. Casalsis Franklin Pangborn
Mr. Hadrian Porter Hall
Mr. ValdelleByron Foulger
SecretaryMargaret Hayes
Sullivan's butlerRobert Greig
Sullivan's valetEric Blore
The doctorTorben Meyer
CameramanVictor Potel
RadiomanRichard Webb
ChefCharles Moore
UrsulaAlmira Sessions
Miz ZeffieEsther Howard
Tough chauffeurFrank Moran
Old trampGeorges Renavent
The trombenikHarry Rosenthal
The MisterAlan Bridge
TrustyJimmy Conlin
Mrs. SullivanJan Buckinham
BudRobert Winkler
CapitalChick Collins
LaborJimmie Dundee

Credits

DirectorPreston Sturges
Written byPreston Sturges
Associate producerPaul Jones
Edited byStuart Gilmore
CostumesEdith Head
Makeup artistWally Westmore
Director of photographyJohn Seitz
Art directionHans Dreier and Earl Hedrick
Music scoreLeo Shuken and Charles Bradshaw

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean
  • Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990), a seventy-five-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS’s American Masters series
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth
  • Interview with Sandy Sturges, the director’s widow, from 2001
  • Interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951
  • Archival audio recordings of Sturges
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

    New cover by Maurice Vellekoop

Film Essays

Sullivan’s Travels

By Todd McCarthy August 20, 2001

The sweetest, most generous-hearted satire of the Hollywood film industry the town has ever produced, Sullivan’s Travels was the fourth of the eight films Preston Sturges made during his . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Sullivan’s Travels

By Todd McCarthy August 20, 2001

The sweetest, most generous-hearted satire of the Hollywood film industry the town has ever produced, Sullivan’s Travels was the fourth of the eight films Preston Sturges made during his . . . Read more »