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Sullivan's Travels - a movie from the 1930's mentions "Oh brother Where Art Thou several times? What is connection?


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Initial post: May 8, 2006 5:39:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2006 5:27:46 AM PDT
W. H. Currie says:
Have watched the movie "Sullivan's Travels" several times, and I am always intrigued by the references to "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?' This is the movie which Sullivan (Joel McRea) chooses not to make. Instead he wants to make comedies which make people laugh. Of course, the irony is that the eventual movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" is a hoot from start to finish.
I am also a huge fan of Allison Krause and Union Station. The song George and the boys sing "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow" is absolutely the hallmark tune of the movie. As the blind D.J. says "That's some mighty fine pickin' and a singin'. For Gospel music lovers, it's hard to beat "Let's Go Down By the River to Pray.
Have not seen the other Coen brothers movies, but "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" trancends generations. My son, who is 24, loves it too. I am 57.
Any knowledge about the connection with "Suillivan's Travel," a four **** movie, by the way, would be appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2007 2:57:02 PM PDT
I got here the same way you did--wondered about the connection to Sullivan's Travels mention of the title "Oh Brother, where art thou?" I think, but am not sure, that it was supposed to be a movie based on a book (according to the Joel McCrae character). I can't find anything else about it--guess one would have to search the Library of Congress file? Or ask the maker of the movie, "Oh Brother, etc." Don't know how to go abot that.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2007 11:32:17 PM PDT
Promise says:
I just saw the Preston Sturges film, Sullivan's Travels (Sept 2007) and noticed the many references to the film Sullivan had intended to make, "Oh Brother Where Art THou?"
Of course it reminded me of this film, which I saw (and loved) when it came out. Both stories deal with a man's odyssey....a trip into the dark side to find himself, and it's a transformational journey. The Coen Brothers are so smart and sly...they probably named this after the film Sullivan never made. That's my guess, anyway. It would be great to hear them on the subject. I always wondered where they got that odd title.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2008 6:40:49 AM PDT
D. Mason says:
You are correct - The Coen brothers remembered the reference to the fictional movie, and felt it just had to be made.
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