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by Danny Baldwin

In "Sullivan's Travels," the naive John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) learns what it is like to live as a homeless person firsthand, before ultimately deciding to go back to his life of luxury. His experience is shown in this six-minute wordless montage, which makes heavy usage of the musical score and uses dissolves to suggest the passage of time. When Sullivan decides that he doesn't want to be a hobo anymore, this development is not signaled by dialogue, but by the subtle acting and the upswing in the music.

Sullivan's Travels (P. Sturges, 1941) — Brushes with Poverty

John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) learns what poverty is really like.

from Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Creator: Preston Sturges
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted by Danny Baldwin