U.S, 1941, 90 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Preston Sturges, Unrated but unsuitable for children due to mild violence, Paramount Pictures
”Sullivan's Travels is a gem, an almost serious comedy not taken entirely seriously, with wonderful dialogue, eccentric characterisations, and superlative performances throughout." - Time Out
Why must comedies take a back seat to dramas? Hollywood's successful comedy director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) ponders this question and decides it's time to suffer and prove himself as a major dramatic artist. Veronica Lake (in her first major role) is the ingenue who loves Sullivan for who he is and not for who he thinks he should be. As Sullivan painfully learns in his travels, there's nothing like laughter to soothe the troubled soul. Equal parts social drama and rollicking comedy, Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Upon release, The New York Times called it "the most brilliant picture yet this year." Today, Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and the Coen Brothers will vouch for its vision. Sullivan's Travels is required viewing for anyone remotely concerned about the relevance of film in everyday life.
The Gables Cinema presents three Preston Sturges comedy classics, The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and The Palm Beach Story, part of the Preston Sturges Labor Day Weekend Trifecta retrospective on Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7 at 1:00 pm each day!
Matinée Essentials is the title of our Saturday and Sunday 1 pm series, interrupted only by special presentations. The criteria is simple: without exception, these are movies no serious filmgoer should do without. Tickets to these special screenings are $8 general admission and $5 for Gables Cinema members.