Gone With The Wind Movie Script
The real 1939 GWTW screenplay in it's entirety.




 

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254 PAGES. SIDNEY HOWARD..FINAL 1-24-39

 

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The final shooting script dated 24 January 1939 had a price tag of $25,000 by late 1939.

When Gary Cooper turned down the role for Rhett Butler, he was passionately against it. He is quoted saying both, "Gone with the Wind (1939) is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood history," and, "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."


In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #6 Greatest Movie of All Time.


[June 2008] Ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Epic".


The movie's line "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." was voted as the #1 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).


The movie's line "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." was voted as the #2 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.


The movie's line "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!" was voted as the #76 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.


The movie's line "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthing babies!" was voted as the #28 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.


First color film to win the Best Picture Oscar


Of all the many actresses who tested for the part of Scarlett, only Paulette Goddard and Vivien Leigh were filmed in color.


Although he was dismissed from the production, George Cukor continued to privately coach both Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland at their request on weekends.


The estimated production costs were $3.9 million. At the time, only Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Hell's Angels (1930) had cost more.

David O. Selznick traveled to Bermuda in September 1938 to finalize the script. He reportedly brought four suitcases full of drafts with him.

Half a million feet of film were shot. This was all edited down to 20,000 feet.


There are more than 50 speaking roles and 2,400 extras in the film.

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the first film to use the word "damn". The expletive was used in numerous silent intertitles and in several talkies, including Cavalcade (1933) and Pygmalion (1938).


For the premiere in Atlanta in December 15, 1939, the governor declared a state holiday. Ticket prices for the premiere were 40 times the usual going rate.


Margaret Mitchell's inspiration for her book title came from the 13th line of the Ernest Dowson poem, "Cynara" - "I have forgot much Cynara! Gone with the wind."


One of the few remaining scenes directed by George Cukor to survive into the final cut of the film is the birth of Melanie's baby.


At one point, five film units were shooting scenes. Directors involved were Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin and stunt coordinator Yakima Canutt.

1,400 actresses were interviewed for the part of Scarlett O'Hara. 400 were asked to do readings.


Among the many famous actress considered for the part of Scarlett were Jean Arthur, Lucille Ball, Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard, Katharine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, Carole Lombard, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, and Margaret Sullavan. Bankhead (an authentic "Southern Belle" from Alabama) was the clear front-runner, but her unsavory personal life made producers reluctant to hire her.


Of all the actresses considered for the role, Louise Platt, Tallulah Bankhead, Linda Watkins, Adele Longmire, Haila Stoddard, Susan Hayward (at the time using the name Edythe Marriner), Dorothy Mathews, Brenda Marshall, Paulette Goddard, Anita Louise, Margaret Tallichet, Frances Dee, Nancy Coleman, Marcella Martin, Lana Turner, Diana Barrymore, Jean Arthur, Joan Bennett and Vivien Leigh were given actual screen tests for the role of Scarlett O'Hara.


Judy Garland was the leading contender for the role of Scarlett's sister Carreen before her "Andy Hardy" series co-star Ann Rutherford was cast, but she was tied up with commitments to another film directed by Victor Fleming: The Wizard of Oz (1939). Ironically, Fleming would replace George Cukor on both The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939).


Production began with Robert Gleckler playing Jonas Wilkerson. After a month of filming, Gleckler died. His scenes were re-shot with replacement cast member Victor Jory.


One month after the book was published, David O. Selznick purchased the movie rights from 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. Realizing he had underpaid Mitchell, Selznick gave her an additional $50,000 as a bonus when he dissolved Selznick-International Pictures in 1942.


The premiere was held in Atlanta, Georgia on December 15, 1939. It was reportedly the first time that David O. Selznick had been in the South.

Clark Gable was so distressed over the requirement that he cry on film (during the scene where Melanie is comforting Rhett after Scarlett's miscarriage) that he almost quit. Olivia de Havilland convinced him to stay.


The final shooting script dated 24 January 1939 had a price tag of $25,000 by late 1939.


The horse that Thomas Mitchell rode was later Silver of "The Lone Ranger" (1949) fame.


Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award.

 



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