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.
Assistant director Eric Stacey filmed the poignant action that day. The bandleader’s wife, portrayed by Louise Carter, crumples the Gettysburg casualty list as she walks in a daze toward her husband. Her tear-filled eyes telegraph the news that they have suffered a loss on the Pennsylvania battlefield.
The bandleader, portrayed by Luke Cosgrave, silently acknowledges their shared sorrow. Then, remembering his duty, he straightens his back, faces his musicians and raises his baton. The camera pans to a teenaged boy fifer, portrayed by Tommy Kelly, gallantly playing “Dixie,” as tears stain his face.
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