Manny P. here…
On December 15th, 1939 the premiere of Gone With The Wind took place in Atlanta, after three days of celebrations. Clark Gable almost boycotted the opening, when he found out the Black actors were not allowed to attend (due to Jim Crow laws). Hattie McDaniel decided to intervene. Gable relented, appearing with his wife Carole Lombard.
The film won eight Oscars and two additional Academy Awards). TCM is showing the film this Tuesday, exactly seventy years after the initial premiere. This presentation climaxes a year of anniversaries of superior films produced in 1939 (including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Of Mice and Men, Beau Geste, Stagecoach, The Roaring Twenties, Son of Frankenstein, Babes In Arms, Juarez, Jesse James, Destry Rides Again, Golden Boy, Ninothchka, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dark Victory, Wuthering Heights, and The Wizard of Oz).
Three of my actors in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History co-star in the epic: Thomas Mitchell, Eddie Anderson, and Ward Bond. I also spend much of Chapter Six writing about the careers of Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Olivia DeHavilland, Hattie McDaniel, and the author Margaret Mitchell. Jane Darwell, who has a small role in the motion picture, is a projected subject in the book’s sequel.
And, Happy Birthday to my pop, who was born one year before the premiere of Gone With The Wind. Hope it’s a good one…
Until next time> “never forget”