Did You Know?

Did You Know?

During the middle and late 1930’s America was deep in the Great Depression but movies were in vogue. It was the one thing both the older and younger could go to for a few hours and dream of better times ahead. The possible filming of Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller “Gone With The Wind (GWTW)” was on everyone’s mind. Who could possibly be chosen to portray the Rhett Butler part other than Clark Gable? Almost everyone agree that Gable should be Rhett except Gable himself. It’s not that he didn’t want the role but he said, “It is simply that Rhett is too big an order for any actor to tackle who is in his right mind.” Clark realized he needed money to get a divorce in order to marry Carol Lombard so he signed on in August of 1938.

The search was on to sign the many actors and actresses for the film. Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard soon became Melanie Hamilton and Ashley Wilkes. Olivia had fought to gain her part because she hadn’t finished with Warner Bros. starring with Errol Flynn in films like Captain Blood and Robin Hood. She knew Melanie was her part in GWTW. Leslie Howard was given the part of her husband, Ashley Wilkes, after being promised to produce “Intermezza” in the future.

 

 

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