Sullivan’s Travels

sullivanstravelsDirector Preston Sturges ribs Hollywood.  Here, Joel McCrea plays a guilt-stricken director of comedies who wants to make a socially relevant film.  Dressed as a bum, he hits the road in order to experience firsthand the poor man’s plight.  This satire isn’t as zany or funny as the other Sturges I have seen.  It’s still fun, though.  Also, it doesn’t belabor the message at its heart (that comedy is needed and important, especially in hard times).  Raising my grade by a notch is Veronica Lake.  She is the quintessential blonde bombshell.

Rating: B+

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