Sullivan's Travels

1942 NR 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD

Sullivan's Travels

1942 NR 1h 31m Blu-ray / DVD
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Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan 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 and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.
Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake
Preston Sturges
Blu-ray DVD
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Academy Ratio 1.37:1
English SDH
English: PCM Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA. NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedy classic opens with a bloody murder scene that's just a prank on the viewer, and isn't indicative of the rest of the film. Later, a character gets robbed and beaten, though not much is shown, and another character dies when he's run over by a train offscreen. Non-explicit references to sex. Several main characters smoke cigarettes and refer to drinking. Some African-American characters border on comic stereotypes, though these depictions are paired with a dignified all-black church sequence near the end. A child leads a crazy, reckless vehicle chase in his souped-up go-kart.

Sexual Content

Very mild verbal innuendo about hanky-panky behind the scenes of the movie industry, girls being "taken advantage of." Discreet scenes of the heroine in the shower. Verbal joke about studio executive agreeing to produce a movie as long as there's "a little sex."


Fake-out opener of a violent fight and murder, which turns out to be just an overwrought film's conclusion. Sullivan is robbed, beaten, and brutalized and attacks another man with a rock, but nothing explicit is shown. Another character is killed, non-explicitly (but we're given to understand there isn't much left), by a train. A slapsticky car chase.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The whole film builds to a morality lesson in the vital importance of laughter and levity (and its cinematic expression, movie comedy) in stressed-out, non-funny times. A secondary message about the disconnect between the privileged and the underprivileged, and how this can cause misunderstandings, however well meaning people are.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Much casual smoking by main characters. Hint of drunkenness.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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