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Clark and Carole’s Gift to Margaret Mitchell

After Gone With the Wind’s Atlanta premiere, Clark Gable and wife Carole Lombard returned to their Encino, California ranch. There the couple wondered how they could show appreciation to Margaret Mitchell for her kindness during their visit to The Peach … Continue reading

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New York City Welcomes Gone With the Wind

Following the Atlanta premiere, Gone With the Wind blew to New York City and hit the Big Apple with hurricane force. Simultaneous “premieres” were held on Tuesday, December 19, 1939, at the Astor Theatre and at the Loew’s Capitol Theatre. … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Atlanta Premiere

On Friday, December 15, 1939, Gone With the Wind debuted in Atlanta at the Loew’s Grand Theatre. A crowd of almost 18,000 people turned out to see the arrival of the stars. Clark Gable’s appearance caused some women to scream … Continue reading

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Atlanta Festivities for Gone With the Wind

On Wednesday, December 13, 1939, the governor of Georgia and the mayor of Atlanta welcomed David O. Selznick’s entourage to Margaret Mitchell’s hometown. Selznick was accompanied by his wife Irene, his brother Myron, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Olivia de Havilland, … Continue reading

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The “Damn” Resolution

Will H. Hays, president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America and the enforcer of the Motion Picture Production Code, issued a stern warning to his board of directors at its meeting in late October 1939. Waiving … Continue reading

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Difficult “Damn” Negotiations

When David O. Selznick received the letter from the Hays office, outlining the strongest reasons for its refusal to permit the use of “damn” in Rhett’s exit line, the producer decided to appeal the decision to the Motion Picture Producers and … Continue reading

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Gone With the Wind’s Second Sneak Peek

On Wednesday, October 18, 1939, producer David O. Selznick held a second preview of Gone With the Wind. This time the location was the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California. That audience was just as wild with excitement as the … 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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Gable Knocks Off Early While Leigh Soldiers On

On Friday, June 23, 1939, Victor Fleming directed Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable and a troop of extras in the pivotal scene following Scarlett and Rhett’s escape from Atlanta. Rhett witnesses a young soldier collapsing on the road, and that fuels his decision to … Continue reading

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Anyone for Seconds?

On Thursday, June 22, 1939, Gone With the Wind’s action took cast and crew to a soundstage replica of a New Orleans café. There, a chorus line of can-can dancers kicked up their heels and rustled their skirts with gusto … Continue reading

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