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Gone with the Wind Overview:

Gone with the Wind (1939) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Cukor and Sam Wood and produced by David O. Selznick.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Margaret Mitchell published in 1936.

Gone with the Wind was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorClark GableNominated
Best ActressVivien LeighWon
Best Supporting ActressOlivia de HavillandNominated
Best Supporting ActressHattie McDanielWon
Best Art DirectionLyle WheelerWon
Best CinematographyErnest Haller, Ray RennahanWon
Best DirectorVictor FlemingWon
Best Film EditingHal C. Kern, James E. NewcomWon
Best PictureSelznick International PicturesWon
Best WritingSidney HowardWon
Special AwardTo William Cameron Menzies for outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of Gone with the Wind.Won
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BlogHub Articles:

Ticklish Business: Episode #19 – Gone With the Wind (1939)

on Mar 30, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

After several weeks of hype pop culture writer Terence Johnson joins me to talk about Rhett and Scarlett (and how much we hate Leslie Howard as Ashley) in 1939’s Gone With the Wind. Please consider leaving the podcast a rating and review on iTunes, or visit my Patreon page to find out more abo... Read full article


Gone with the Wind: Missed Opportunity

By Franchot Tone Fan on Jan 5, 2017 From Finding Franchot: Exploring the Life and Career of Franchot Tone

Like Old Acquaintance, here's another one of those "what might've been" posts for you. Did you know that Franchot was considered for the two male lead roles in Gone With the Wind?  Clark, Joan, Leslie, and Franchot in one photo. Source: https://inafferrabileleslie.wordpress.com On Novemb... Read full article


The Costumes of Gone With the Wind: Scarlett O'Hara's Red Ballgown

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 3, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm taking a behind the scenes look a the red ballgown Scarlett O'Hara wears in Gone With the Wind (1939). This article is the fourth in a four-part series. Go here for part one, part two, and part three. One of Gone With the Wind costume designer Walter Plunkett's greatest challenges ... Read full article


The Costumes of Gone With the Wind: Scarlett O'Hara's Curtain Dress

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 27, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm taking a behind the scenes look at the dress made of curtains that Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) wears in Gone With the Wind (1939). This article is the third in a four-part series. Go here for part one and part two. The curtain dress that Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) wears to vis... Read full article


The Costumes of Gone With the Wind: Scarlett's Barbecue Dress

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 12, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm taking a behind the scenes look at the green-sprigged muslin dress Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) wears to the barbecue at the Twelve Oaks plantation in Gone With the Wind (1939). This article is the second in a four-part series. For part one, go here. The green-sprigged muslin dre... Read full article


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Quotes from

[Dropping Scarlett at Ashley's birthday party]
Rhett Butler: You go into the arena alone. The lions are hungry for you.


Rhett Butler: [to Scarlett] I've always thought a good lashing with a buggy whip would benefit you immensely.


Rhett Butler: And those pantalettes, I don't know a woman in Paris who wears pantalettes.
Scarlett: Oh Rhett, what do they - you shouldn't talk about such things.
Rhett Butler: You little hypocrite. You don't mind my knowing about them, just my talking about it.
Scarlett: But really Rhett, I can't go on accepting these gifts although you are AWFULLY kind.
Rhett Butler: I'm not kind, I'm just tempting you.
Scarlett: Well if you think I'll marry you just to pay for the bonnet I won't.
Rhett Butler: Don't flatter yourself. I'm not a marrying man.


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Facts about

Vivien Leigh wasn't happy with Victor Fleming's brusque style after the careful nurturing she had enjoyed with George Cukor. When she asked him for direction in one scene, he told her "Ham it up". On another occasion when she asked for his constructive advice, he told her to "take the script and stick it up her royal British ass". After Cukor's departure, Leigh had to fight hard to keep the movie's Scarlett true to her view. Fleming's interpretation of her was that she was an out-and-out bitch as in the novel and that he had no desire to create any sympathy or insight for her.
Sidney Howard agreed to write the screenplay, but from his home in Massachusetts, 3000 miles away from studio interference. His first draft would have made a 5 1/2 hour movie. Howard reluctantly agreed to leave his Massachusetts farm and come to Hollywood to work on another draft with Selznick and then-attached director George Cukor. As Selznick was preoccupied with problems on the set of The Prisoner of Zenda, Howard had to wait 5 weeks before he was able to start working on another draft (in the meantime contributing some rewrites for "Zenda"). The second draft turned out to be 15 pages longer than the first.
Before casting had actually started, Margaret Mitchell was asked (during an interview) who, she felt, should play Rhett Butler. She replied, "Groucho Marx." This was obviously a joke, and Margaret Mitchell's way of reiterating that she wanted nothing to do with the making of the film.
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