Monthly Archives: May 2014

A Drunken Rhett Threatens Scarlett

On Monday, May 29, 1939, Victor Fleming finished directing Rhett’s drunken clash with Scarlett in the dining room of their Atlanta home, hours after she returned from Ashley’s birthday party.   Rhett’s smoldering rage — “Observe my hands, my dear. I could … Continue reading

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Rhett Prefers to Take the Stairs

On Saturday, May 27, 1939, director Victor Fleming gathered his cast on the set of Scarlett’s Atlanta house for the second day of work on the “Row and Rape” sequence. With cameras rolling, Clark Gable seized and kissed Vivien Leigh … Continue reading

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Paddock Scene Do Over Doesn’t Do It

On Thursday, May 25, 1939, Victor Fleming, Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard regrouped for a reshoot of the paddock scene. Howard muddled his way through the dialogue, and Leigh stumbled through hers. She cursed herself this time. Howard yielded to discretion … Continue reading

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Leigh and Howard Clash in Paddock Scene

On Wednesday, May 24, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard in the pivotal paddock scene. Needing $300 to pay the taxes on Tara, Scarlett seeks advice from Ashley, whom she finds splitting rails in the paddock area. … Continue reading

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Care for Another Radish, Miss Leigh?

At 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 1939, Victor Fleming, Vivien Leigh and crew traveled from the Selznick studio to the Lasky Mesa in the San Fernando Valley to film the stirring scene of Scarlett vowing to “never be hungry … Continue reading

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Fleming Finishes the Crane Shot

On May 22, 1939, director Victor Fleming completed filming “Scarlett Searches for Dr. Meade,” one of Gone With the Wind‘s most memorable scenes. Known as the crane shot, the sequence begins with Scarlett’s arrival at the Atlanta depot. She walks … Continue reading

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Selznick Worries About Time and Money

On May 19, 1939, producer David O. Selznick wrote a memo to Henry Ginsberg, vice president and general manager of Selznick International Pictures, informing him about a conversation with director Victor Fleming about “speeding up on the rest of the … Continue reading

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Gable Kicks in Doors and Turns the Tables

On Thursday, May 18, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the “No More Babies” sequence. In her bedroom, Scarlett gazes longingly at a daguerreotype of Ashley and is surprised when Rhett touches her shoulders tenderly. She … Continue reading

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What Shall We Name the Baby?

On Wednesday, May 17, 1939, Sam Wood directed “The Naming of Bonnie” scene with Vivian Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland and the infant playing Scarlett and Rhett’s week-old daughter. In Scarlett’s bedroom, Rhett conveys via baby talk his future plans … Continue reading

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Fleming Returns and Wood Carries On

To the surprise of cast and crew who were just getting used to director Sam Wood’s style, a recuperated Victor Fleming returned to the set in mid-May. Producer David O. Selznick decided to retain Wood to maintain the filming pace … Continue reading

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