A Gone With the Wind Goof: Shadows Out of Sync

A book to celebrate GWTW's 75th Anniversary!

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary!

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, Melanie?” Melanie responds that she isn’t because “this could be Ashley. And only strangers here to comfort him.”

Since Leigh and de Havilland were standing at the wrong angle to cast the shadows, two stand-ins were positioned in front of a high-intensity light. The shadows of the doubles were reflected on the wall in back of the stars, and the result was a stunning visual effect.

But look closer. The gestures of the stand-ins are not completely synchronized with the movements of the actresses. Did you catch or miss this Gone With the Wind goof?

Happy 75th anniversary, Gone With the Wind!

Blog Bio: Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), which will be published in spring 2014, and an expert on the film and its history. Visit the website (www.paulinebartel.com/resources/books/books-available) for further information. Follow her on Twitter @PaulineBartel and “like” her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCompleteGWTWTriviaBook)

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