Monthly Archives: July 2014

Slicing and Dicing Gone With the Wind

In late July 1939, producer David O. Selznick and film editor Hal Kern were feverishly editing Gone With the Wind, cutting scenes, adding different takes of scenes and pruning the existing footage. So from day to day the running time of Gone … Continue reading

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Selznick Addresses Gone With the Wind Premiere Rumors

Rumors swirled around the city of Atlanta that Hollywood planned to debut Gone With the Wind in Los Angeles. Or maybe New York. But definitely not Atlanta. These claims were so upsetting to local merchants, who had dreams of a … Continue reading

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MGM Executives Rave About Gone With the Wind

Working through the steamy days of July 1939, producer David O. Selznick and film editor Hal Kern had compiled a five-hour rough-cut version of Gone With the Wind that was shown to cast and crew. Selznick presented to each of … Continue reading

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Cuts, Cuts and More Cuts to Gone With the Wind

In July 1939, producer David O. Selznick and film editor Hal Kern undertook a staggering task: Review all of the footage filmed for Gone With the Wind and assemble a rough cut of the movie. The various units had shot … Continue reading

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Filming Bonnie and Special Effects

On Wednesday, July 5, 1939, Gone With the Wind’s postproduction action was focused on Scarlett and Rhett’s daughter, Bonnie Blue Butler. On the MGM studio lot at the Cohen Park location, production designer William Cameron Menzies directed four-year-old Cammie King … Continue reading

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No Rest on Gone With the Wind’s Set

On Monday, July 3, 1939, Vivien Leigh was on holiday in New York City reunited with Laurence Olivier and in the audience for his last performance of No Time for Comedy. Those remaining on Gone With the Wind’s set had … Continue reading

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