Martin Scorsese On John Lloyd Sullivan

Played by Joel McCrea
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Director: Preston Sturges

Studio-system director
Sullivan doesn’t want to make another fluff film,
so he hits the road to learn about the plight of the common man. The depth of his commitment to the exercise is tested regularly and comically–before a shock brings him to an utterly unexpected conclusion.

“It was a different kind of world then, in the studios making three pictures a year. The risk he takes is huge. Billy Wilder told me, ‘You’re only as good as what your last picture did at the box office.’ He was right!”