Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fleming Gone from The Wind’s Set

Gone With the Wind‘s set was a pressure cooker during the week of Monday, April 24, 1939. Working under intense pressure made the exhausted Victor Fleming even more explosive as he directed scenes of: Scarlett’s bereavement and brandy Rhett’s marriage … Continue reading

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Vivien Leigh Fights for Scarlett

During Gone With the Wind‘s filming, Vivien Leigh complained constantly about the script’s unplayable dialogue and kept a copy of Margaret Mitchell’s novel with her to bolster her arguments. David O. Selznick frequently yelled at her to “please put that … Continue reading

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Evening Sewing Circle Sequence Completed

On Friday, April 21, 1939, Victor Fleming completed filming the evening sewing circle sequence, during which Rhett convinces Melanie to tell him where the Southern vigilantes are meeting, Scarlett learns about the raid on Shantytown and Rhett brings home a … Continue reading

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Celebrating 7th Anniversary of National Record Store Day

If, like me, you are a vinyl record enthusiast, today is our day to celebrate the 7th anniversary of National Record Store Day (http://www.recordstoreday.com). The official commemoration began in 2007 as a way to acknowledge the unique culture of independently owned record … Continue reading

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Selznick Concerned About Victor Fleming

In April 1939, producer David O. Selznick recognized that the grueling pace of filming Gone With the Wind was taking a toll on his cast and crew, especially director Victor Fleming. On April 14, Selznick confided in a memo to … Continue reading

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Slap Happy Scarlett O’Hara

Last night as I watched the broadcast of Gone With the Wind in  honor of the 20th anniversary of Turner Classic Movies (www.TurnerClassicMovies.com), I was struck by the number of times Scarlett resorts to slapping others across the face. After … Continue reading

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Turner Classic Movies Celebrates 20th Business Anniversary

One strategy for celebrating a business anniversary is offering special business anniversary promotional packages tied to the anniversary year. That’s what Turner Classic Movies (www.TCM.com) did for its 20th anniversary in 2014: Offered 20 free nationwide screenings of the film … Continue reading

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A Gone With the Wind Goof: Shadows Out of Sync

During the week of April 10, 1939, filming of Gone With the Wind centered on the sequences in the Atlanta church turned hospital. In the Shadow scene, while caring for the wounded, Scarlett complains that she is tired. “Aren’t you tired, … Continue reading

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Clark Gable’s Gone With the Wind Wardrobe Didn’t Suit Him

Clark Gable had finally had it with the Gone With the Wind wardrobe made for him by the Selznick International costume department. The shirt collars choked him, and the suits and cravats were ill fitting. He complained to producer David … Continue reading

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