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Selznick Finishes Gone With the Wind

Producer David O. Selznick worked around the clock to complete Gone With the Wind. At the same time, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which would release the film, put the finishing touches to plans for the movie’s Atlanta premiere scheduled for Friday, December 15, … Continue reading

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Request Your Autographed Bookplate

For Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary, I’m offering personally inscribed and autographed bookplates for readers of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). Here’s how to receive your free bookplate:   Type or print clearly the desired inscription … Continue reading

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Loose Lips Make Max and MGM Mad

Soon after producer David O. Selznick discreetly talked to Herbert Stothart, MGM’s musical director and composer, about taking over Gone With the Wind’s score from Max Steiner, all hell broke loose. Stothart blabbed that he was being hired to fix … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Last Scene Filmed

Producer David O. Selznick reviewed Gone With the Wind’s footage and realized he needed one last scene for the “Casualty List” sequence. He trimmed the existing footage to accommodate the new scene that was filmed on Saturday, November 11, 1939. … Continue reading

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Selznick Seeks a Backup Score for Gone With the Wind

 On Thursday, November 9, 1939, producer David O. Selznick wrote to John Hay Whitney, chairman of the board of Selznick International Pictures, about the situation with Gone With the Wind’s composer. Max Steiner had issued yet another warning that he … Continue reading

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The “Damn” Resolution

Will H. Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America and the enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code, issued a stern warning to his board of directors at its meeting in late October 1939. Waiving … Continue reading

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Difficult “Damn” Negotiations

When David O. Selznick received the letter from the Hays office, outlining the strongest reasons for its refusal to permit the use of “damn” in Rhett’s exit line, the producer decided to appeal the decision to the Motion Picture Producers and … Continue reading

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That Damn Word “Damn”

On October 20, 1939, producer David O. Selznick penned a letter to Will H. Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America, and the enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code. The Code barred from the … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Second Sneak Peek

On Wednesday, October 18, 1939, producer David O. Selznick held a second preview of Gone With the Wind. This time the location was the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. That audience was just as wild with excitement as the … Continue reading

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75th Anniversary Offer for Gone With the Wind Fans

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary! In honor of Gone With the Wind‘s 75th anniversary, I’m gifting fans with a special offer: Those purchasing The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) can obtain from me a personally … Continue reading

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