Monthly Archives: February 2014

Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: The Script Saga, Part 3

David O. Selznick and Victor Fleming arrived at Ben Hecht’s house early one morning. They spirited Hecht away in Selznick’s car, and on the way to the studio they came to terms: Selznick would pay Hecht $15,000 for one week’s … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: The Script Saga, Part 2

Since screen writer and playwright Sidney Howard’s original effort, Gone With the Wind‘s script had been changed by numerous pens. David O. Selznick had resorted to printing revised pages on different shades of colored paper in an effort to keep track … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Death Strikes the Cast!

On February 25, 1939, Robert Gleckler, the actor playing Tara’s overseer Jonas Wilkerson, died of uremic poisoning at the age of 52. His death stunned Gone With the Wind‘s cast and crew. The previous month, George Cukor had directed Gleckler … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: The Script Saga, Part 1

To replace George Cukor, David O. Selznick approached Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract director Victor Fleming. Fleming was not interested in taking over the directorial reins of the troubled Gone With the Wind. At the time, he was manic with Munchkins on the … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Ashley’s Farewell

Following the February 13, 1939 joint statement that George Cukor was leaving the production and that David O. Selznick was seeking a new director for Gone With the Wind, some on-set loose ends remained. Three scenes were in the midst of production: Rhett’s … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: George Cukor Fired!

In the two weeks that followed the start of Gone With the Wind‘s principal filming, George Cukor had directed the opening scene of Scarlett and the Tarletons on Tara’s porch, the birth of Melanie’s baby, Scarlett’s shooting of the Yankee … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Filming “The Birth of Melanie’s Baby”

On February 8, 1939, George Cukor directed Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Butterfly McQueen in “The Birth of Melanie’s Baby” sequence. “Don’t try to be brave, Melly,” Scarlett tells her. “Yell all you want to. There’s nobody to hear.” Prissy advises … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: The Paris Hat Sequence

On February 6, 1939, George Cukor directed Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the “Paris Hat” sequence. This scene mirrored the novel’s action with: Scarlett proposing to cover the hat with crepe and dyeing the feather black so she can … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Gable Waltzes With Leigh on His 38th Birthday

On February 1, 1939, Clark Gable celebrated his 38th birthday by filming the Atlanta Bazaar sequence along with Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Harry Davenport (Dr. Meade) and others under the direction of George Cukor. Unfortunately, most of the filming done that Wednesday and … Continue reading

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