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, 1939.
On the ground in Atlanta as Selznick’s eyes and ears was Katherine “Kay” Brown, story editor for Selznick International Pictures, who had first brought Margaret Mitchell’s novel to the producer’s attention.
Four days before the premiere – on Monday, December 11, 1939 — Selznick sent a telegram to Brown at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, stating: “Have just finished Gone With the Wind. God bless us one and all.”
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