December 15, 2010

Southern Happenings: Gone with the Wind

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On December 15, 1939, one of the most beloved films of all time premiered in Atlanta. It was a red carpet event if there ever were one with throngs of fans trying to catch a glimpse of Ms. Leigh herself as well as the dashing Clark Gable. I just can’t operate a self-respecting southern blog without paying homage to this fabulous happening…{images courtesy AJC}

Rhett at Five Points{the parade at Five Points}

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{Vivien Leigh with GA Governor Ed Rivers & GWTW Producer David O. Selznick}

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{Clark Gable speaks to his adoring fans}

391215 Atlanta, Ga. - Actress Vivien Leigh and actor Clark Gable meet 'Gone With The Wind' author Margaret Mitchell at a party given by the Atlanta Women's Press Club, Friday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1939.
{Vivien Leigh & Clark Gable meet Margaret Mitchell…wouldn’t you just love to know what they talked about?}

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{the film’s program}

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{Scarlett…hmm, I wonder if this blog’s background shade was at all inspired by this image? I’ll never tell!}

I haven’t watched GWTW in awhile…maybe I’ll pull it out tonight while I’m getting caught up on laundry and gift wrapping. I only wish I could have attended the premiere. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!

17 comments:

  1. How much would I love to have a copy of the originial program???? Santa, if you're listening....

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  2. This inspires me to pull out my DVD and watch tonight. :) It has been a while!

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  3. The parade photo is fabulous! Everyone on the street dressed in their finest. What a great image.

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  4. Oh... I haven't seen this in years. I need a copy of dvd. I remember reading a book where they talked about going to the premier, was it Divine Secrets? That would have been classic.

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  5. Thank you so much to paying homage to my favorite movie of all time! You have to come over and see my Christmas tree because it is covered in Scarlett and Rhett ornaments! GWTW is the best!

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  6. I think I read somewhere a while back that the GWTW museum in Atlanta was going to host a re-creation of the premiere to commemorate its anniversary. That would be/would have been neat to attend - but not as great as the original!

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  7. Ms. Mitchell has an interesting look on her face! I, too, would like to have heard that conversation. Thanks for paying homage to one of the greatest movies ever!

    Merry Christmas!
    Candace

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  8. I was sooo hoping you would post about it today. After the 48th time I wrote the date I realized what day it was and realized I wasn't going to be able to post today at work so from one Windie to another - thank you for reminding everyone about the greatest film ever made!

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  9. I just ordered a new DVD of this classic. Some things just can't be improved on. Thanks for the post.

    Carol-the gardener

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  10. My goodness - I have a deep love for this novel and book too! It's been a while since I saw you over at my blog! Hope you are well!

    p.s. I actually work for the Margaret Mitchell House in ATL where she wrote the novel. I do Marketing for the museum. If you are ever in ATL and want to visit, let me know :) Have a great weekend!

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  11. I have such a deep connection with this book AND film. In my mind, nothing else has ever come close.

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  12. Thanks for sharing those photos! I must go visit the Margaret Mitchell house in ATL one day...you know, I've NEVER been?

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  13. You girls let me know when you want to come and I will set it up! The 75th anniversary of the novel is coming up in June and the GWTW partners around the city are planning some really fun things!

    Good to hear from you!

    XOXO!

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  14. I love the parade photo. I have not watched it in a while either. I have one of the replica movie posters framed in my living room. Every year they play it at the Orphium but I can't get anyone to agree to go and watch it with me.

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  15. This is my favorite movie and favorite book of all time - I adore the photos you have in this post! The one of MM with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh is priceless!

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  16. Would give anything to have been able to be there and witness such an incredible occasion! In Dixie Land I'll Take My Stand to Live and Die in Dixie...Look Away...

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  17. what a great post! i love this movie so so much!

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Lay it on me y'all!