🎥 Gone With The Wind – 1939
The Story …
In 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War, Scarlett O’Hara lives at Tara, her family’s cotton plantation in Georgia, with her parents, two sisters, and their many black slaves.
Scarlett is deeply attracted to Ashley Wilkes and learns he is to be married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton. At an engagement party the next day at Ashley’s home, Twelve Oaks, a nearby plantation, Scarlett makes an advance on Ashley but is rebuffed; however, she catches the attention of another guest, Rhett Butler.
The party is disrupted by news of President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to fight the South, and the Southern men rush to enlist. Scarlett marries Melanie’s younger brother Charles to arouse jealousy in Ashley before he leaves to fight …
Following Charles’s death while serving in the Confederate States Army, Scarlett’s mother sends her to the Hamilton home in Atlanta. She creates a scene by attending a charity bazaar in mourning attire and waltzing with Rhett, now a blockade runner for the Confederacy.
The tide of war turns against the Confederacy after the Battle of Gettysburg. Many of the men of Scarlett’s town are killed. Eight months later, as the Union Army besieges the city in the Atlanta campaign, Melanie gives birth with Scarlett’s aid, and Rhett helps them flee the city.
Rhett chooses to go off to fight, leaving Scarlett to make her own way back to Tara. She finds Tara deserted, except for her father, sisters, and former slaves, Mammy and Pork. Scarlett learns that her mother has just died of typhoid fever, and her father has lost his mind. With Tara pillaged by Union troops and the fields untended, Scarlett vows to ensure her and her family’s survival.
With the defeat of the Confederacy, the O’Haras toil in the cotton fields. Ashley returns but finds he is of little help to Tara. When Scarlett begs him to run away with her, he confesses his desire for her and kisses her passionately but says he cannot leave Melanie. Scarlett’s father attempts to chase away a carpetbagger from his land but is thrown from his horse and killed.
Unable to pay the Reconstructionist taxes imposed on Tara, Scarlett unsuccessfully appeals to Rhett, then dupes her younger sister Suellen’s fiancé, the middle-aged and wealthy general store owner Frank Kennedy, into marrying her. Frank, Ashley, Rhett, and several other accomplices make a night raid on a shanty town after Scarlett is attacked while driving through it alone, resulting in Frank’s death. Shortly after Frank’s funeral, Rhett proposes to Scarlett, and she accepts.
Rhett and Scarlett have a daughter whom Rhett names Bonnie Blue, but Scarlett still pines for Ashley and, chagrined at the perceived ruin of her figure, refuses to have any more children or share a bed with Rhett. One day at Frank’s mill, Ashley’s sister, India, sees Scarlett and Ashley embracing. Harboring an intense dislike of Scarlett, India eagerly spreads rumors.
Later that evening, Rhett, having heard the rumors, forces Scarlett to attend a birthday party for Ashley. Melanie, however, stands by Scarlett. After returning home, Scarlett finds Rhett downstairs drunk, and they argue about Ashley. Rhett kisses Scarlett against her will, stating his intent to have sex with her that night, and carries the struggling Scarlett to the bedroom.
The next day, Rhett apologizes for his behavior and offers Scarlett a divorce, which she rejects, saying it would be a disgrace. When Rhett returns from an extended trip to London, England, Scarlett informs him that she is pregnant, but an argument ensues, resulting in her falling down a flight of stairs and suffering a miscarriage.
While recovering, tragedy strikes again when Bonnie dies while attempting to jump a fence with her pony. Scarlett and Rhett visit Melanie, who has suffered complications from a new pregnancy, on her deathbed.
As Scarlett consoles Ashley, Rhett prepares to leave Atlanta. Having realized that it was Rhett, and not Ashley that she truly loved all along, Scarlett pleads with Rhett to stay, but he rebuffs her and walks away into the morning fog.
A distraught Scarlett resolves to return home to Tara, vowing to one day win Rhett back …
- Directed by Victor Fleming
- Screenplay by Sidney Howard
- Based on Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Produced by David O. Selznick
- Cinematography : Ernest Haller
- Edited by Hal C. Kern
- James E. Newcom
- Music by Max Steiner
- Production Companies : Selznick International Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Distributed by Loew’s Inc
- Release Date : December 15, 1939
- Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O’Hara
- Barbara O’Neil as Ellen O’Hara (his wife)
- Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara (daughter)
- Evelyn Keyes as Suellen O’Hara (daughter)
- Ann Rutherford as Carreen O’Hara (daughter)
- George Reeves as Stuart Tarleton (credited as Brent Tarleton)
- Fred Crane as Brent Tarleton (credited as Stuart Tarleton)
- Hattie McDaniel as Mammy (house servant)
- Oscar Polk as Pork (house servant)
- Butterfly McQueen as Prissy (house servant)
- Victor Jory as Jonas Wilkerson (field overseer)
- Everett Brown as Big Sam (field foreman)
At Twelve Oaks :
- Howard Hickman as John Wilkes
- Alicia Rhett as India Wilkes (his daughter)
- Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes (his son)
- Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton (their cousin)
- Rand Brooks as Charles Hamilton (Melanie’s brother)
- Carroll Nye as Frank Kennedy (a guest)
- Clark Gable as Rhett Butler (a visitor from Charleston)
In Atlanta :
- Laura Hope Crews as Aunt Pittypat Hamilton
- Eddie Anderson as Uncle Peter (her coachman)
- Harry Davenport as Dr. Meade
- Leona Roberts as Mrs. Meade
- Jane Darwell as Mrs. Merriwether
- Ona Munson as Belle Watling
- Minor supporting roles
- Paul Hurst as the Yankee deserter
- Cammie King as Bonnie Blue Butler
- J. M. Kerrigan as Johnny Gallagher
- Jackie Moran as Phil Meade
- Lillian Kemble-Cooper as Bonnie’s nurse in London
- Marcella Martin as Cathleen Calvert
- Mickey Kuhn as Beau Wilkes
- Irving Bacon as the Corporal
- William Bakewell as the mounted officer
- Isabel Jewell as Emmy Slattery
- Eric Linden as the amputation case
- Ward Bond as Tom, the Yankee captain
- Cliff Edwards as the reminiscent soldier
- Yakima Canutt as the renegade
- Louis Jean Heydt as the hungry soldier holding Beau Wilkes
- Olin Howland as the carpetbagger businessman
- Robert Elliott as the Yankee major
- Mary Anderson as Maybelle Merriwether
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