18 Incredible Things Most People Don’t Know About Gone With The Wind.

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1/18 Rumour has it that producer David O. Selznick fired original director George Cukor because Cukor's homosexuality would make him unable to properly direct love scenes between Rhett and Scarlett. Although he was dismissed from the production, he continued to privately coach Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland at their request on weekends.

2/18 Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler saying, "Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history. I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind is the highest grossing film of all time.

3/18 For the scene where Scarlett escapes the burning of the Atlanta Depot, a rundown old horse was needed to play Woebegone. A horse was found but by the time it was brought to set it had gained weight and it's ribs were no longer visible. There wasn't enough time to find a replacement so the makeup department painted dark shadows on it's sides to give the appearance of malnourishment.

4/18 Gone with the Wind won eight of thirteen Academy Awards it was nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction. It also received a Special Award for William Cameron Menzies for his outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood, and a Technical Achievement Award for Don Musgrave and Selznick International Pictures for pioneering the use of coordinated equipment.

5/18 The film has never been cut. DVD releases have included overture, intermission, and exit music, but no deleted scenes have ever been restored.

6/18 As part of the film's publicity, fans were asked to vote on which actress they thought should play Scarlett. Out of the hundreds of ballots cast, Vivien Leigh got only one vote.

7/18 Gone with the Wind premiered at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, California on September 9, 1939. It was announced at the theatre that after a double bill of Hawaiian Nights and Beau Geste, a new movie would be premiered. The audience was told that they could leave after Beau Geste but would not be readmitted once the movie began and no phone calls would be allowed. When the title appeared on the screen the audience cheered, and after it had finished it received a standing ovation.

8/18 Director Victor Fleming wanted Scarlett to look like more like Clark Gable's kind of woman, so for the low-cut velvet dress in the birthday party scene he taped Vivien's breasts together.

9/18 Producer David O. Selznick asked Alfred Hitchcock to help with the scene where the women are waiting for the men on the raid in Shantytown. Hitchcock prepared a treatment with different shots and camera angles that would shot Rhett and Ashley outside the house, dodging the Union soldiers, and meaningful glances between Melanie and Rhett inside the house. Virtually none of this treatment was used in final cut.

10/18 The film broke many Academy Award records. Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Sidney Howard became the first posthumous winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.Gone with the Wind was the first colour film to win Best Picture and continues to be the longest movie to win that award, at nearly four hours in length.

11/18 The line "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" was voted as the #1 movie quote by the American Film Institute. "After all, tomorrow is another day!" was voted as #31 and "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!" was voted #59.

12/18 Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy, wasn't able to attend the premiere in Atlanta due to racial segregation. This annoyed Clark Gable, who played Rhett Butler, so much that he threatened the boycott the premiere unless she could attend. When it looked like nothing was going to change, McDaniel convinced Butler to go without her.

13/18 One month after the novel was published, producer David O. Selznick purchased the movie rights from author Margaret Mitchell for an unprecedented $50,000. At the time it was the highest sum that had ever been paid for an author's first novel. When Selznick dissolved Selznick-International Pictures in 1942 he gave her an additional $50,000 as a bonus.

14/18 Vivien Leigh shot her scenes over 125 days and was paid $25,000. Clark Gable shot his scene over just 71 days yet received over $120,000.

15/18 Original director George Cukor instructed Vivien Leigh to actually slap Butterfly McQueen in the "I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' babies" scenes. After many takes McQueen broke down in tears complaining that Leigh was hitting too hard. McQueen later admitted "bargained" with the others, stating that if Leigh hit her, she wouldn't scream, but if Leigh's hand only passed close to her face with the illusion of hitting her, she would scream as loudly as she could.

16/18 Produced David O. Selznick begged author Margaret Mitchell to critique every aspect of the production. She approved of Vivien Leigh's interpretation of Scarlett but when she gave a criticism of Tara's facade, she was ignored. After that she refused to comment on any aspect of the film's production.

17/18 Olivia de Havilland, who played Melanie Hamilton, was the only major cast members alive to celebrate the movie's 70th anniversary in 2009. She was 93.

18/18 For filming the burning of the Atlanta Depot, they actually burned many old sets that needed to be cleared from the studio backlot including the Garden of Allah and the Great Wall set fromKing Kong. The fire cost $25,000 and yielded 113 minutes of footage. Ten pieces of fire equipment, 50 fireman, and 200 studio helpers were on standby in case the fire got out of hand. It was such an intense fire that Culver City residents called in thinking MGM was burning down. Three 5,000-gallon water tanks were used to quench the flames after shooting.


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