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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 meets 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
SecretaryMargaret Hayes
Mr. Hadrian Porter Hall
Sullivan's butlerRobert Greig
Mr. Casalsis Franklin Pangborn

Credits

DirectorPreston Sturges
Written byPreston Sturges
Associate producerPaul Jones
EditingStuart Gilmore
CostumesEdith Head
CinematographyJohn Seitz
Art directionHans Dreier and Earl Hedrick
MusicLeo Shuken and Charles Bradshaw

Disc Features

  • New 2K 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 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS’s American Masters series
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth
  • Interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director’s widow
  • 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 »