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"One of the biggest white elephants of all time."

6.19.2008


"Forget it, Louis. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel."

- Irving Thalberg to Louis B. Mayer, May 1936


"Have gone over and carefully thought about Gone With the Wind...its background is very strongly against it...most sorry to have to say no in face of your enthusiasm for this story."

- David O. Selznick to literary agent Katherine Brown, May 1936


"I don't want the part for money, chalk, or marbles."

- Clark Gable to David O. Selznick, 1938


"This woman is a terrible bitch!"

- Vivien Leigh on Scarlett O'Hara, 1939


"I haven't the slightest intention of playing another weak, watery character such as Ashley Wilkes. I've played enough ineffectual characters already."

- Leslie Howard to David O. Selznick, 1938


"Oh, you don't want to be in Gone With the Wind; it's going to be the biggest bust of all time."

- Jack L. Warner to Olivia de Havilland, 1938


"Don't be a damn fool, David. This picture is going to be one of the biggest white elephants of all time."

- Victor Fleming to David O. Selznick, 1939


Gone with the Wind (1939) was directed by Victor Fleming, produced by David O. Selznick, and starred Clark Gable (Rhett Butler), Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara), Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes) and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton).

It domestically grossed $76,700,000 and later drew the largest television audience (130 million) by a television film. In 1977 it was dubbed by the voting members of the American Film Institute, "The Greatest Film Ever Made."

- The Best of MGM: The Golden Years (1928-59) by James Robert Parish.

Quite a gamble, eh?

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