[Videolib] Pittsburgh & movies

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Wed, 10 Sep 2003 14:27:24 -0400

Ok now that Mark and I have accidentally filled the list with info on
Pittsburgh I can't resist recalling my all time favorite silly dialogue
exchange in the movies.
In SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, the popular film director John L Sullivan
want's to make a socially significant film about the effects of the
depression called OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? , the studio execs desperately
want him to make another comedy like his previous successes, SAY HEY IN THE
HAYLOFT and ANTS IN YOUR PANTS OF 1939, the following ( not exact) exchange
ensues

SULLIVAN " What is wrong with OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?
Exec "It will never play in Pittsburgh
Sullivan " What do they know in Pittsburgh?
Exec " They know what they like in Pittsburgh
Sullivan " If they knew what they liked they wouldn't be in Pittsburgh"

Maybe it is the deadpan way the actors do this but for some unknown reason
this is my all time bit of utterly insignificant but great dialogue.
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com

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