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John I. Carney

'Sullivan's Travels'

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 10:04 AM
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  • John, I love Preston Sturges films. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek is one of the funniest films I've ever seen and is pretty racy subject matter for the 1940's. Sullivan's Travels, The Lady Eve, Christmas in July, Hail the Conquering Hero and Unfaithfully yours are all very entertaining. It's amazing that Sturges also wrote all of these films as well as directing them. He was a terrific talent. I highly recommend the 7 disc Sturges box set by Universal and I would recommend picking up The Miracle of Morgan's Creek second hand as it appears to be out of print but can be found reasonably priced. I'm glad to see another Sturges fan out there. Most of what passes for funny can't hold a candle to Sturges.

    -- Posted by cortnerkin on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 4:24 AM
  • I should have mentioned "Hail The Conquering Hero" -- love that one, too.

    If you ever get the chance, read "Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges." It reads like an autobiography but was actually assembled by Sturges' widow based on his papers and reminiscences. He was really a fascinating character -- he grew up in the wake of his larger-than-life, "Mame"-like mother, who was a close friend of dancer Isadora Duncan, and traveled the world at an early age. He even invented and marketed, prior to his movie career, a long-wearing lipstick.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Nov 23, 2011, at 9:29 AM
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