Tag Archives: George Cukor

How Olivia de Havilland Won the Role of Melanie in GWTW

A book to celebrate GWTW’s 75th Anniversary! RKO actress Joan Fontaine received a message that director George Cukor wanted her to read for GWTW. Oh, what she wouldn’t give to play Scarlett! But when she arrived for her appointment, she … Continue reading

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Evening Sewing Circle Sequence Completed

On Friday, April 21, 1939, Victor Fleming completed filming the evening sewing circle sequence, during which Rhett convinces Melanie to tell him where the Southern vigilantes are meeting, Scarlett learns about the raid on Shantytown and Rhett brings home a … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Victor Fleming Begins As Director

Gone With the Wind‘s filming resumed on March 2, 1939 with Victor Fleming at the directorial helm. At his first meeting with assistant directors Eric Stacey and Ridgeway Callow, Fleming left no doubt about how he would run things. “They tell … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Death Strikes the Cast!

On February 25, 1939, Robert Gleckler, the actor playing Tara’s overseer Jonas Wilkerson, died of uremic poisoning at the age of 52. His death stunned Gone With the Wind‘s cast and crew. The previous month, George Cukor had directed Gleckler … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Ashley’s Farewell

Following the February 13, 1939 joint statement that George Cukor was leaving the production and that David O. Selznick was seeking a new director for Gone With the Wind, some on-set loose ends remained. Three scenes were in the midst of production: Rhett’s … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: George Cukor Fired!

In the two weeks that followed the start of Gone With the Wind‘s principal filming, George Cukor had directed the opening scene of Scarlett and the Tarletons on Tara’s porch, the birth of Melanie’s baby, Scarlett’s shooting of the Yankee … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Filming “The Birth of Melanie’s Baby”

On February 8, 1939, George Cukor directed Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland and Butterfly McQueen in “The Birth of Melanie’s Baby” sequence. “Don’t try to be brave, Melly,” Scarlett tells her. “Yell all you want to. There’s nobody to hear.” Prissy advises … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: The Paris Hat Sequence

On February 6, 1939, George Cukor directed Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in the “Paris Hat” sequence. This scene mirrored the novel’s action with: Scarlett proposing to cover the hat with crepe and dyeing the feather black so she can … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Gable Waltzes With Leigh on His 38th Birthday

On February 1, 1939, Clark Gable celebrated his 38th birthday by filming the Atlanta Bazaar sequence along with Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Harry Davenport (Dr. Meade) and others under the direction of George Cukor. Unfortunately, most of the filming done that Wednesday and … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s 75th Anniversary: Second Jinxed Scene

On January 28, 1939, George Cukor directed the sequence of Ellen O’Hara’s return to Tara. This turned out to be Gone With the Wind‘s second jinxed scene. In the scene, Barbara O’Neil as Mrs. O’Hara informs Robert Gleckler, who was playing overseer Jonas … Continue reading

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