On The Set: “Gone With The Wind”


On the set of “Gone With The Wind” (1939).


“Gone with the Wind” is a 1939 American historical epic film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name. It was produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming from a screenplay by Sidney Howard. The film stars Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, and Hattie McDaniel. “Gone With The Wind” received 10 Academy Awards (8 competitive, 2 honorary), a record that stood for 20 years. “Ben-Hur” surpassed it in 1960. In the American Film Institute’s inaugural Top 100 Best American Films of All Time list of 1998, it was ranked fourth, and in 1989 was selected to be preserved by the National Film Registry. The film was the longest American sound film made up to that time at 3 hours 44 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission, and was among the first of the major films shot in color (Technicolor), winning the first Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the category for color films. It became the highest-grossing film of all-time shortly after its release, holding the position until 1966. After adjusting for inflation, it has still earned more than any other film in box office revenue.

Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, and director Victor Fleming on the set of “Gone With The Wind” (1939)


David Selznick producer, Victor Fleming director, Vivien Leigh, and Clark Gable on the set of “Gone With The Wind” (1939)


Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and producer David Selznick on the set of “Gone With The Wind” (1939)


Vivien Leigh on the set of “Gone With The Wind” (1939)


Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable on the set of “Gone With The Wind” (1939)

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3 Responses to “On The Set: “Gone With The Wind””

  1. […] and producer. His most popular films were “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), and “Gone with the Wind” (1939), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. Fleming holds the achievement of […]

  2. […] McQueen, Evelyn Keyes, Victor Jory, and Ann Rutherford. At the 12th Academy Awards held in 1940, “Gone with the Wind” set a record at the time for Academy Award wins and nominations, winning in eight of the […]

  3. […] was given to Hattie McDaniel for Best Supporting Actress for her role as “Mammy” in “Gone With The Wind”. In winning the award, McDaniel became the first African-American to ever win an Academy Award. She […]

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