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Best Director Contenders for 1939

In the Best Director category, Victor Fleming’s work on Gone With the Wind was up against the following Academy Award contenders: Frank Capra who directed the action in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a film in which a naïve, idealistic … 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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Ona Munson Films Two Belle Watling Scenes

In early May 1939, Sam Wood had directed “Belle Watling on the Church Steps” — twice. The first time, Ona Munson’s costume had been heavily padded to make the slim actress look like the well-endowed Belle. The costume department outdid … Continue reading

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Filming Takes an Emotional Toll on Gable

Loss and grief were center stage for Gone With the Wind’s filming during the week of Monday, May 29, 1939. After Scarlett’s miscarriage, a distraught, unshaven Rhett sits alone in his room, blaming himself for what has happened. But Melanie … Continue reading

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What Shall We Name the Baby?

On Wednesday, May 17, 1939, Sam Wood directed “The Naming of Bonnie” scene with Vivian Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland and the infant playing Scarlett and Rhett’s week-old daughter. In Scarlett’s bedroom, Rhett conveys via baby talk his future plans … Continue reading

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Fleming Returns and Wood Carries On

To the surprise of cast and crew who were just getting used to director Sam Wood’s style, a recuperated Victor Fleming returned to the set in mid-May. Producer David O. Selznick decided to retain Wood to maintain the filming pace … Continue reading

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Disposing of the Dead Yankee

On Thursday, May 11, 1939, Sam Wood directed Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland in the aftermath of “Scarlett Killing the Yankee Deserter.” This sequence included Scarlett and Melanie deciding what to do with the body, searching the cavalryman’s pockets … Continue reading

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Sam Wood Directs “Scarlett’s Return to Tara”

On Saturday, May 6, 1939, Sam Wood directed Vivien Leigh in “Scarlett’s Return to Tara.” Realizing that her mother is dead, Scarlett screams her shock and grief and collapses at Ellen O’Hara’s bier. A parallel to this heartbreaking scene occurred … Continue reading

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Director #3 for Gone With the Wind

To replace director Victor Fleming, producer David O. Selznick chose Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer director Sam Wood, who had just finished filming Goodbye, Mr. Chips. On Monday, May 1, 1939, Wood started his directorial duties with scenes of Scarlett and Ashley embracing at the … Continue reading

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