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“Gone with the Wind” premiered 70 years ago

December 15, 2009 - UNITED STATES

The classic movie Gone with the Wind premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, 70 years ago on Dec 15. The tale of a manipulative woman and a rogue who carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War. The 3.5-hour epic had everything - romance, rape, drunkenness, moral dissipation and adultery. It won 10 Oscars -- a 20-year record. Stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable have long gone, but the movie lives on; remastered for and rescreened on key anniversaries.

The classic movie "Gone With the Wind" premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, 70 years ago on Dec 15. The tale of a manipulative woman and a rogue who carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War, the 3.5-hour epic had everything -- romance, rape, drunkenness, moral dissipation and adultery. It won 10 Oscars -- a 20-year record. Stars Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable have long gone, but the movie lives on; remastered for and rescreened on key anniversaries. It is No. 6 in the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films of All Time list. The movie, which premiered four days later in New York, was the blockbuster of its time. So too was the 1936 novel of the same name by Margaret Mitchell, from which it was adapted. At the time of the film's release, the fictional book had surpassed 1.5 million copies sold. Some 50,000 people, particularly from Japan and the United Kingdom, visit the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum each year. Mitchell lived in the now-restored building while she wrote 'Gone With the Wind.'; The town of Marietta, Georgia, celebrated the 70th anniversary early in November by dancing, in period costume, "The World's Largest Virginia Reel" in the town square. Four original cast members attended: Ann Rutherford ("Carreen O'Hara"), Mickey Kuhn ("Beau Wilkes" at age 7), Patrick Curtis ("Baby Beau Wilkes") and Greg Geise (infant "Bonnie Blue Butler" & infant "Beau Wilkes"), along with Gina Miller who was an extra. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which reported the Marietta event, the man who spoke the first lines in the movie died in 2008. Fred Crane played one of the red-headed Tarleton twins, along with George Reeves. He had been the last living male actor with a credited role in the film. The Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro will celebrate the premiere anniversary 11-12 Dec. Nov/09

70 years later, &lsquoGone With the Wind' re-premieres in Marietta (Atlanta Journal Constitution 13 Nov 2009)

Gone With the Wind (Wikipedia)

Marietta anniversary (PR Newswire)

Date written/update: 2009-12-15