Gone With the Wind

GWTWMy father told me about his watching the movie Gone With the Wind projected on a white sheet while the viewers leaned or sat on the railings around the commissary on a warm summer night. I think he was in the Army Air Corps at the time but this may well be a memory jumble and he might have just returned from a successful day of catfish wrangling when growing up in Oklahoma. I saw Gone With the Wind one Saturday morning at a restored mega-cinema houses on Hollywood Boulevard—the Egyptian, perhaps—when the restored (recolored) edition was first-run in the mid-60s.

Nowadays GWTW has played many, many times on television and anyone can own their own copy of the DVD for only a few dollars.

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Gone With the Wind

ParkerWhat do the following authors all have in common?

  • Dorothy Parker
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Raymond Chandler
  • William Faulkner
  • John Steinbeck
  • Evan Hunter
  • Stephen King
  • Larry McMurtry
  • Dave Eggers
  • Nick Hornsby

Yes, they have all gone to Hollywood and written for the movies. I ran across this historical document online which shows some of the decision making that was behind selecting the writers that would convert Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind onto the 1939 award winning movie.

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