“Sullivan's Travels” quotes

Movie Sullivan's Travels
Preston Sturges directed this movie in 1941
Title Sullivan's Travels
Year 1941
Director Preston Sturges
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance, Adventure
Plot – Sullivan is a funny successful movie director. He decides to shoot a movie about an oppressed poor man. In order to understand what it means to be poor, Sullivan decides to live like a homeless person for a while. The experience is shocking.
All actors – Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Byron Foulger, Margaret Hayes, Robert Greig, Eric Blore, Torben Meyer, Victor Potel
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  • “There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan.”
    Joel McCrea - John L. Sullivan
  • Maybe there's a universal law that says "Stay put. As you are, so shall you remain". Maybe that's why tramps are always in trouble. They don't vote. They don't pay taxes. They violate the law of nature...

    Joel McCrea - John L. Sullivan
    [Tag:law, poverty, trouble]
  • It's a funny thing how everything keeps shoving me back to Hollywood or Beverly Hills, or this monstrosity we're riding in. Almost like gravity as if some force were saying "Get back where you belong".

    Joel McCrea - John L. Sullivan
  • “Poverty is not the lack of anything, but a positive plague, virulent in itself, contagious as cholera, with filth, criminality, vice and despair as only a few of its symptoms. It is to be stayed away from, even for purposes of study.”

    Robert Greig - Sullivan's Butler
    [Tag:disease, poverty]
  • “I certainly had a lot of nerve wanting to make a picture about human suffering.”
    Joel McCrea - John L. Sullivan
  • “Nothing is going to stop me. I'm going to find out how it feels to be in trouble. Without friends, without credit, without checkbook, without name. Alone.”

    Joel McCrea - John L. Sullivan
  • “You've taken all the joy out of life. I was all through with this kind of stuff. I mean, I knew I'd never have it - but there was no envy in my heart.”

    Veronica Lake - The Girl
    [Tag:envy, joy, life]
  • “- John L. Sullivan: I'm going out on the road to find out what it's like to be poor and needy and then I'm going to make a picture about it.
    - Sullivan's Butler: If you'll permit me to say so, sir, the subject is not an interesting one. The poor know all about poverty and only the morbid rich would find the topic glamorous.”

    Joel McCrea - John L. Sullivan
    Robert Greig - Sullivan's Butler
  • Rich people and theorists - who are usually rich people - think of poverty in the negative, as the lack of riches - as disease might be called the lack of health.”

    Robert Greig - Sullivan's Butler