Preston Sturges

DVD Review: Sturges takes a serious turn

DVD Review: Sturges takes a serious turn

Following on the heels of its Blu-ray of Preston Sturges' “Palm Beach Story,” Criterion has released an excellent edition of what many consider Sturges's greatest film, “Sullivan's Travels.” Joel McCrea plays John L. Sullivan — boy wonder director of movies like “Hey, Hey in the Hayloft” and “Ants in Your Plants of 1939” — who wants to make a “serious” film of real social value, based on Sinclair Beckstein's epic of agony “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” (Yes, this is where the Coen brothers got the title.) But, having led a pampered life, he decides to go out on the road for research, with...