"There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have'"
- John Lloyd Sullivan (Joel McCrea)
Total Film - 06/01/2000
"...Superbly played and paced, and features a gallery of eccentric supporting characters..."
USA Today - 08/24/2001
"...One of the most brilliant screen mixes of comedy and drama in history..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/09/2001
"...Its endlessly fertile and still-influential fusion of satire, screwball comedy, drama and slapstick remains tartly fresh..."
Uncut - 05/01/2005
"Cramming a hundred ideas and a dozen genres -- screwball, road movie, thriller, musical -- into a package that moves like a runaway train..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2005
"[A] superbly crafted comedy."
Description by OLDIES.com:
This masterpiece by Preston Sturges is perhaps the finest movie-about-a-movie ever made. Hollywood director Joel McCrea, tired of churning out lightweight comedies, 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, he hits the road as a hobo. He finds the lovely Veronica Lake - and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.
Frustrated film director Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is fed up with serving out easily digestible but ultimately meaningless chunks of comedy for the studios. He decides to set off across America to rediscover the daily lives of the Joe Lunchpails as research for his socially responsible next film, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU' Giving up all his unnecessaries, he begins his cross-country road trip in hobo's clothes with barely a dime in his pocket to regain his focus.
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Theatrical Release |
Theatrical release: January 1942.
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS is number 39 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.
The Coen brothers made a film in 2000 named for the film that Sullivan wanted to make--O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU'