On Tuesday, December 12, 1939, the Four Star Theatre in Los Angeles welcomed 750 members of the media for an exclusive first look at Gone With the Wind.
This 2 p.m. press preview had been a nail biter for producer David O. Selznick. He knew that the technicians at Technicolor were working around the clock to process the final print. Would they finish in time? Selznick didn’t know.
He also didn’t know — after three years of non-stop work to bring Gone With the Wind to theaters — how he felt about his creation.
The night before the press preview, Selznick told reporters: “At noon, I think it’s divine; at midnight, I think it’s lousy. Sometimes I think it’s the greatest picture ever made. But if it’s only a great picture, I’ll be satisfied.”
Happy 75th Anniversary, Gone With the Wind!
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