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73rd Anniversary of “Gone with the Wind” premiere
Canada Free Press ^ | December 14, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 12/14/2012 3:43:54 PM PST by BigReb555

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind."

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Do you, your parents or grandparents remember the year 1939 when….

The clock was turned back for the premiere of Gone with the Wind at the Loews Grand Theater in Atlanta, Georgia? This beautiful theater was sadly destroyed by fire in 1978 but many folks still remember when Hollywood came to Atlanta to celebrate that wonderful movie and Atlanta’s own author Margaret Mitchell whose book about the Southern people and the War Between the States would be read by millions of people around the world and be made into an exciting motion picture that has become a classic.

Do you remember when a movie premiere was a red carpet affair of excitement and you could take your family to the movies without worrying about the language or sexual content of the film?

“News that Ann Rutherford, who played Scarlett O’Hara’s little sister, died Monday brought tears to the eyes of Connie Sutherland, director of Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum”—June 13, 2012 the Marietta Daily Journal, Marietta, Georgia.

Ann Rutherford, who died on Monday, June 11, 2012, was a friend of Marietta and was present for the 70th Anniversary re-premiere of Gone with the Wind at Marietta, Georgia’s beautifully restored Strand Theater. Atlanta loved Ann Rutherford!

Mrs. Rutherford was also present at the premiere of Gone with the Wind, arriving in Atlanta, Georgia at 10 AM on December 13, 1939 at the Terminal Railroad Station and stayed at the Georgina Terrace Hotel as most of the stars. The railroad station was torn down in 1972 but the building that was the hotel still remains.

Two years before the United States entered World War II; there was great jubilation throughout America, especially in the Southland, in anticipation of the world premiere of…..

Gone with the Wind during the Christmas Season of 1939, just 74 years after the end of the "War Between the States" and Saturday, December 15, 2012 marks the 73rd anniversary of that classic movie which opens with:

"There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind."

Gone with the Wind won 8 Oscars for 1939, including Best Picture, and;

Hattie McDaniel, the first Black American to win an Academy Award, expressed her heart-felt pride with tears of joy, when she was presented the 1939 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her unforgettable role as "Mammy."

Victor Fleming won the Academy Award for Best Director and even though Max Steiner did not receive an award for his excellent music score, the "Gone with the Wind" theme song has become the most recognizable and played tune in the world.

Vivien Leigh, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role, humbly and eloquently summed her appreciation by thanking Producer David O. Selznick. And, who can forget Olivia De Havilland as the pure-sweet Melanie Hamilton, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.

Atlanta’s Mayor William B. Hartsfield proclaimed a three-day festival for this grand event and encouraged all women to wear hoop skirts and men to wear Old South attire.

Friday, December 15, 1939, has been described as an icy-cold day in Atlanta but folks warmed to the excitement of the premiere of "Gone with the Wind"--The Selznick International Pictures "Technicolor" Production of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer Release of Margaret Mitchell’s novel about the Old South at the Loews Grand Theater.

Do you remember Thomas Mitchell who played (Gerald O’Hara) telling daughter Scarlett:

"Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett O'Hara, that Tara, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it's the only thing that lasts."

And, we all wept when Bonnie Blue Butler, the daughter of Rhett and Scarlett—played by Cammie King, was killed in a pony accident.

Anne Rutherford, who played Scarlett’s sister Carreen, took time to visit the Confederate Veterans at the soldier’s home and the stars toured the famous "Cyclorama" at nearby Grant Park.

The festivities surrounding the premiere of Gone with the Wind included a parade down Peachtree Street with over three-hundred thousand people cheering the playing of "Dixie," waving Confederate flags and shouting Rebel Yells.

Many people also witnessed the lighting of the "Eternal Flame of the Confederacy," an 1855 gas lamp that survived the 1864 Battle of Atlanta. The lamp remained for many years on the northeast corner of Whitehall and Alabama Streets. Mrs. Thomas J. Ripley, President of Atlanta Chapter No. 18 United Daughters of the Confederacy, re-lit the great light with Mr. T. Guy Woolford, Commandant of the Old Guard by her side.

April 2013 is Confederate History Month. Read more at: http://www.facebook.com/ConfederateHeritageMonth

1 posted on 12/14/2012 3:43:59 PM PST by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

great classic movie and not PC.

The best more recent movies about the war was Gods and Gods and generals.\I spoke with the wroter of those movies and he wanted to make a third which would show mostly how reconstruction hurt families but can;t get the funding which is a shame.
There has never been a movie which has focused on the disgusting acts of how the south was treated, the land taken and women raped.
If I had the money I would have given it to the writer and have him make the movie.

As for April

We always have functions in April, Lees dinner etc


2 posted on 12/14/2012 3:51:23 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: BigReb555

There was a land of that was a land of the free and home of the brave ,a land where people came and sought the American dream.

Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.”


3 posted on 12/14/2012 4:09:13 PM PST by Venturer
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To: BigReb555

Too bad we can hardly even sing “dixie” anymore without the blacks calling racism.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 4:11:47 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: BigReb555

I remember when my Mom took me to the theater to watch it. It was her favorite film. I just loved it. A neighbor gave me some black and white photos of Gone From The Wind from the actual movie. they used to hang up phtos from a film in front of the theater back in the day. I still have those.


5 posted on 12/14/2012 4:14:12 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: dandiegirl

I’m at the point where I don’t give a crap what they call me.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 4:15:30 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: BigReb555

Though “Citizen Kane” is the greatest film ever made, GWTW is the greatest movie ever made....by far.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 4:20:15 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: BigReb555
I've watched the movie many times - and grew up in a time when racism was rampant in the southeast - but just the opposite in much of the southwest where blacks were welcomed in most small towns I grew up in.

Today we have a society where 'racism' has been much reversed, with many blacks hating 'whitey' and committing crimes to demonstrate it.

Gone with the wind? I think not anymore...

8 posted on 12/14/2012 4:21:03 PM PST by Ron C.
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To: CatherineofAragon

Ha! Me too.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 4:29:25 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: eddie willers
GWTW is the greatest movie ever made....by far.

The Godfather is my #1. Citizen Cane isn't in my top 200.

10 posted on 12/14/2012 4:39:15 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: BigReb555

My grandfather worked for the “Tucson Citizen” newspaper in 1939 and one of the reporters typed (or linotyped) up this review of the movie. He apparently didn’t think much of it:
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/BJxEgeueXp6zWR—aKBrBtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink


11 posted on 12/14/2012 4:40:48 PM PST by Tenlein
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To: Ron C.

***I’ve watched the movie many times -****

Do you remember the 1969 release when it was recut for WIDE SCREEN!

I saw it when it was supposed to be wide screen, but it was not.

A few months later I saw it in Little Rock AR, and it WAS in wide screen.

There was a problem. In one scene Scarlet goes to see Rhett in jail, an orderly walks up to a sitting Ward Bond, and tells him she is there to see Rhett.

OK, normal scene.

When I caught it in Wide Screen the soldier has NO HEAD!

They cut it off when they trimmed the 35 mm to wide screen by removing a strip at the top and bottom of the frame.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 4:45:55 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (SAVE THE SUMATRAN RAT MONKEY!)
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To: FatherofFive
Citizen Kane isn't in my top 200.

For years, I had heard that Citizen Kane was the greatest film of all time, so I had high expectations when I entered the theater, bought some popcorn and took my seat. I left the theater quite disappointed--in my opinion, even the original Star Wars was better.

13 posted on 12/14/2012 4:50:46 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Do you remember the 1969 release when it was recut for WIDE SCREEN!

That's when I saw it for the first time--and I didn't like it. At the time, I preferred action/adventure films to serious drama. But when I saw it again on TV in 1987, I fully appreciated it.

14 posted on 12/14/2012 4:56:37 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill
For years, I had heard that Citizen Kane was the greatest film of all time

I bought the CK DVD and watched it for the first time with my 5 kids. They didn't make it 30 minutes. I finished it but would never watch it again.

15 posted on 12/14/2012 5:11:37 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: BigReb555

Great movie, great book, but I can’t call any “civilization” which enslaves men like brute beasts “civilized.”


16 posted on 12/14/2012 5:59:04 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: BigReb555

Unfortunately, whenever I see Gone With the Wind, I think of the Carol Burnett parody, Went With the Wind, and I start laughing.

Found out last year that Burnett’’s drapery dress, complete with drapery rod, are in the Smithsonian.


17 posted on 12/14/2012 6:08:50 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: CatherineofAragon

same here and I fly the flag and coudln’t careless.

My 15 year old is honor roll A’s all the schoool life, top classes, GPA 3.9.
He’s very respected amongst the kids
He has a confederate battle flag sticker in his locker on the inside of his door.

A girl he gets along with came over and said why do you have that you;re not a redneck.

He pointed out to her about the flag and where it was flown, how many died etc

She admitted that she never knew any of that and went off telling the other kids about the flag.

Later that week the class was told to give a lesson and he decided to give a lesson to the class about the war and all the kdis were amazed, many came up after asking questions after the class .

He;s just changed what people thought about the flag, they had thought it was black teeth, dumb poor folk.
he told me that he wants to get the message out to as many as he can and stop this nonsense about how some view the flag.
Like I and he states, if they can give their lives for that flag then he can speak up.

As for me having a sticker on my vehicle and some tourists do not liek it when they pass tough then tough


18 posted on 12/14/2012 6:11:57 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Ron C.

got that right, the racism by blacks today has got much worse in the last 4 years.
I knew it would back in 2008 when I heard some of them saying this is pay back, how you going to liek a brother and us running things, we get you back and a wholse host of other comments.

Since then racism has got much worse nad in mnay black communities they know how to play it and wear it with pride.

Do an experiment next time in the store.

There are two cashiers, one white one black.
Look where the black customers go.
I was at an event earlier this year and they had food wagons, burgers an all.

All the blacks were going to the black wagons whilst whites were going to whites and blacks.

They have been racist for so long they don;t even realize it and if they do then they do not care.

We can thank the left and the obama like fools for this.Oh and the media but then again the media is the left now.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 6:18:12 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: BigReb555

I LOVE the movie, but the book is even better.


20 posted on 12/14/2012 6:23:45 PM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: manc

Wow....you really raised a good son. I am impressed.

manc, am I correct that you are originally from England? We are so honored and pleased to have you as a Southerner. I wish we could send off some of our home-growns and import more folks like you, LOL.


21 posted on 12/14/2012 6:27:56 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: fatnotlazy

Carol Burnett “Went with the Wind”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IH6TBEbP77Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nt0yi4wbro


22 posted on 12/14/2012 6:31:55 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Fiji Hill; fatherOfive
As I said, GWTW is the greatest movie of all time.

Fun, absorbing, exciting, thrilling, romantic, colorful, big, and rousingly entertaining.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

That's why I stressed that Citizen Kane is a film (insert snooty accent here)

You marvel at the composition, the depth-of-field camera work, Orson Wells, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead...the cinematography of Gregg Toland, the script by Herman J. Mankiewicz, the editing of Robert Wise and an ending that was so perfect that it has become a cliché and been parodied more times than can be counted.

Certainly not everyone's cup of tea...but what art isn't?

23 posted on 12/14/2012 6:40:36 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: fatnotlazy
Burnett’’s drapery dress,

"I saw it in the window and just couldn't resist it".

24 posted on 12/14/2012 6:43:19 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: KansasGirl
I LOVE the movie, but the book is even better.

I finally got around to reading it in high school many moons ago (a little injun lingo) and you are right. Fabulous book.

I remember being shocked to see she had more children than just Bonnie.

25 posted on 12/14/2012 6:46:20 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: eddie willers

Classic line.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 6:57:09 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: iowamark

Thank you. I’ve seen the skit a thousand times, and it still cracks me up.


27 posted on 12/14/2012 7:00:41 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: manc

“There has never been a movie which has focused on the disgusting acts of how the south was treated, the land taken and women raped.”

Birth of a Nation? (D.W. Griffith, 1915)

You can watch it, in its entirety, here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEznh2JZvrI


28 posted on 12/14/2012 8:11:34 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: FatherofFive
"kane"

Your kids lasted longer than I did. CK is one of those revolutionary movies that just do not stand the test of time. The eyelids start drooping about ten minutes into the flick. Ditto for GWTW. Basically just an overproduced chick flick. Mad Magazine did the best review of it.

Rhett: hello Scarlett
Scarlett: hello Rhett

Boom!!!
Good heavens that was an awful war!

29 posted on 12/14/2012 9:01:08 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Razz Barry

bttt


30 posted on 12/14/2012 11:25:47 PM PST by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

LOL, Thanks and yes you are correct.

I came over and lived up north and heard many comments about southerners and so I thought I had to check it out for myself and drove to TN, SC, NC,VA, basically a big loop around.

I LOVED IT, LOVED THE PEOPLE, the southern accent on a woman is the sexiest acent in the world.
It was not how I was told , the south was friendly, kids said sir and mam, people helped out and took others for who they were, they were very accepting unlike those in a place in MA where an elitist type of folk lived.\\

We then moved south to north east FL ,I wanted east TN LOL, she won. Over those years I saw some who moved down here give bitter comments, I heard off many here how they just want to be left alone how the north and Hollywood stereotypes made them look stupid .
They were correct and so I looked more and more into the history

My kids who were basically raised southern and are now proud southerners.
My youngest boy was one when I moved here and my daughter was 3
They have travelled around many places in the south and my oldest wants to stop this stereotype.
We’re all fed up of movies today, people not from here making comments and not knowing about the flag, the food, the accents, the lifestyle.

I LOVE IT HERE and do fly the flag, do speak up if I hear certain comments as does my family.


31 posted on 12/15/2012 6:50:46 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Road Glide

wow thank you


32 posted on 12/15/2012 6:54:01 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

A lovely story....God bless you, sir.


33 posted on 12/15/2012 8:32:54 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: manc; CatherineofAragon
Brits like the South...you should hear Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey wax about Southern women in some old interviews...then came Ozzy..alas
34 posted on 12/15/2012 8:48:06 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: manc
There has never been a movie which has focused on the disgusting acts of how the south was treated, the land taken and women raped.

I would nominate Birth of a Nation.

35 posted on 12/15/2012 8:57:55 AM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen Meers)
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To: wardaddy

I just recently found out that Ozzy urinated onto the Alamo while in drag...good Lord.

I didn’t know that the Brits are pro-South....makes me like them that much more.

I’ll say this, British actors seem capable of doing better & more realistic Southern accents than many American counterparts. There are three of them playing leading roles on the Walking Dead, and they all sound authentically Southern.


36 posted on 12/15/2012 10:03:19 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

they better not kill off Daryl


37 posted on 12/15/2012 10:54:11 AM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: wardaddy

If they kill Daryl, I’m not watching any longer.


38 posted on 12/15/2012 12:12:19 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Erasmus

just watching it now


39 posted on 12/15/2012 1:19:15 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: CatherineofAragon; wardaddy

if Daryl goes I go , LOL.


40 posted on 12/15/2012 1:21:42 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

Amen, brother, LOL

He can do it all, from tracking and killing to raising the babies.


41 posted on 12/15/2012 1:59:19 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

like a good ole southern boy should,[smiles]

Who would you want, the likes of Daryl or a NY City guy?

I’ll be watching gone with the wind tomorrow and looking forward to it.m, shame they do not make movies like that now.

It’s all guts hanging out, men kissing men or the usual ending


42 posted on 12/15/2012 5:56:02 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

I can see a NYC metrosexual picking up a gun, realizing what he had ahold of, and squealing and dropping it. No thanks, LOL.


43 posted on 12/15/2012 6:44:25 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

those metrosexual NY City boys think fishing is ordering fish at their fine established restaurant.


44 posted on 12/16/2012 12:00:59 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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