Monthly Archives: August 2014

Editing Gone With the Wind

On Wednesday, August 30, 1939, producer David O. Selznick updated Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Director of Publicity Howard Strickling about the ongoing issue of Gone With the Wind’s running time. In his letter, Selznick reported having shown a four hour and twenty-seven minute … Continue reading

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Accident Kills Gone With the Wind’s Screenwriter

Work on Gone With the Wind halted suddenly when tragic news from the East Coast reached Selznick International Pictures: Gone With the Wind’s original screenwriter was dead.  Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sidney Howard owned a 700-hundred-acre cattle ranch in Tyringham, Massachusetts.  On … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Special Effects

During August 1939, special-photographic-effects artist Jack Cosgrove and the assistants he supervised at Selznick International Pictures worked day and night to create a virtual reality for Gone With the Wind. The movie magic that Cosgrove conjured for producer David O. Selznick … Continue reading

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Selznick Wants Steiner for Gone With the Wind’s Music

On August 14, 1939, producer David O. Selznick sent an inter-office memo to Henry Ginsberg, vice president and general manager of Selznick International Pictures, informing him that “Max Steiner should go on our payroll immediately and should start composing all … Continue reading

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Filming Gone With the Wind’s Sweeping Main Title

As July led to August 1939, producer David O. Selznick decided that Gone With the Wind deserved the grandest main title in movie-making history. He shared his desire with film editor Hal Kern. Kern came up with a brilliant idea: … Continue reading

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