Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Long Work Day for Vivien Leigh

Wednesday, June 14, 1939 proved to be another long work day for Vivien Leigh, as Gone With the Wind’s filming continued: She was on the set at 8 a.m. for director Victor Fleming’s retake of the “Scarlett Curses Melanie and … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Bonnie’s Last Ride

On Monday, June 12, 1939, Gone With the Wind’s action was on the terrace of Scarlett and Rhett’s Atlanta home in the sequence leading up to “Bonnie’s Last Ride.” In the terrace scene, Scarlett and Rhett argue about the state … Continue reading

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Rhett Just Doesn’t Give a Damn

On Saturday, June 10, 1939, Victor Fleming directed his Gone With the Wind cast in two key scenes: In “Rhett’s Return from London,” Scarlett greets her husband and daughter upon their return from England. After admitting that she is pregnant … Continue reading

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And the Horse You Rode in On

On Friday, June 9, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh, Victor Jory and Isabel Jewell in the scene in which Scarlett confronts Tara’s former overseer, Jonas Wilkerson, and his wife, Emmy Slattery. They have come to “pay a call – a … Continue reading

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The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd. edition) Debuts

I’m pleased and proud to announce the debut of the second edition of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book on June 9, 2014. Here’s what you’ll find in this fully revised edition, according to the back-cover copy: “From Margaret … Continue reading

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Rhett Just Doesn’t Care

On Thursday, June 8, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the scene of Rhett’s farewell. A tearful Scarlett wails, “If you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?” And Rhett exits with “My dear, … Continue reading

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A Question of Divorce and a Mysterious Breakfast Tray

On Monday, June 5, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Hattie McDaniel and Cammie King in the “Rhett Wants a Divorce” scene. Filming included the actions of Bonnie bringing a breakfast-in-bed tray to her mother; Scarlett finishing her … Continue reading

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Ona Munson Films Two Belle Watling Scenes

In early May 1939, Sam Wood had directed “Belle Watling on the Church Steps” — twice. The first time, Ona Munson’s costume had been heavily padded to make the slim actress look like the well-endowed Belle. The costume department outdid … Continue reading

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Filming Takes an Emotional Toll on Gable

Loss and grief were center stage for Gone With the Wind’s filming during the week of Monday, May 29, 1939. After Scarlett’s miscarriage, a distraught, unshaven Rhett sits alone in his room, blaming himself for what has happened. But Melanie … Continue reading

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