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Common Theme in Films With Howard and Leigh

Turner Classic Movies (www.tcm.com) offers two films this afternoon, each featuring a pre-Gone With the Wind performance from Leslie Howard and Vivien Leigh. Each film has a similar outcome. At 3 p.m. (Eastern Time), TCM presents Berkeley Square from 1933. Leslie Howard … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Filming Ends — Sort Of

On Tuesday, June 27, 1939, producer David O. Selznick sent a telegram to John Hay Whitney, chairman of the board of Selznick International Pictures: “Sound the siren. Scarlett O’Hara completed her performance at noon today.” To celebrate the end of … Continue reading

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Third Time is the Charm for Paddock Scene

On Saturday, June 24, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard in the third attempt at filming the paddock scene. Needing $300 to pay the taxes on Tara, Scarlett seeks advice from Ashley whom she finds splitting rails … Continue reading

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Lumber Mill Scene Reveals the Fear Driving Scarlett

On Friday, June 16, 1939, Sam Wood directed Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Carroll Nye (Frank Kennedy) and J.M. Kerrigan (Johnny Gallegher) in the scene “Scarlett Hires Convicts.” After ordering Frank to return to the store, Scarlett argues with Ashley about … Continue reading

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The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd. edition) Debuts

I’m pleased and proud to announce the debut of the second edition of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book on June 9, 2014. Here’s what you’ll find in this fully revised edition, according to the back-cover copy: “From Margaret … Continue reading

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Paddock Scene Do Over Doesn’t Do It

On Thursday, May 25, 1939, Victor Fleming, Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard regrouped for a reshoot of the paddock scene. Howard muddled his way through the dialogue, and Leigh stumbled through hers. She cursed herself this time. Howard yielded to discretion … Continue reading

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Leigh and Howard Clash in Paddock Scene

On Wednesday, May 24, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard in the pivotal paddock scene. Needing $300 to pay the taxes on Tara, Scarlett seeks advice from Ashley, whom she finds splitting rails in the paddock area. … Continue reading

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Slap Happy Scarlett O’Hara

Last night as I watched the broadcast of Gone With the Wind in  honor of the 20th anniversary of Turner Classic Movies (www.TurnerClassicMovies.com), I was struck by the number of times Scarlett resorts to slapping others across the face. After … Continue reading

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Shooting a Smorgasbord of Gone With the Wind Scenes

On March 11, 1939, action on Gone With the Wind‘s set centered around scenes and sequences at the Twelve Oaks Barbecue: “Melanie and Ashley’s Love Scene” In this tender scene, Ashley tells Melanie that she seems to belong at Twelve Oaks … 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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