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Gone with the Wind remains a classic
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Forsyth County News

If you’re from the South, you’ve probably seen the epic 1939 movie “Gone with the Wind” at least a few times.

If you are woman who grew up in the South, chances are you’ve also read Margaret Mitchell’s massive book once or twice.

I read the book when I was 11 or 12, and read it again years later as a college student. I saw the movie at least three or four times during those years.

Imagine my surprise when I recently found out my husband, Paul, had never seen the movie.

I discovered this astonishing fact when I suggested we go see a play about the writing of the movie script, put on by some friends in a nearby town.

I knew Paul wouldn’t understand what was going on in the play or get the jokes unless he first saw the movie.

It would not be truthful to say Paul was a completely willing participant in all of this.

In fact, when he found out the movie was about four hours long, he threatened to withdraw his initial agreement.

Luckily, we have been married long enough (and he is smart enough) that we were able to compromise and watch the movie over the course of two days — and in the afternoon so he would not try to nap during the viewing.

And in case you’re wondering, my bribe was agreeing to make homemade pizza, one of his absolute favorites.

The movie is long, but truly is a classic. It’s hard to believe how long ago it was filmed and without all of those special effects and computers we have today.

Of course, the story is set during the Civil War (1861-65) and the years following during Reconstruction.

Clark Gable plays Rhett Butler, and I read that he refused to have a Southern accent in the film.

I also read that despite the steamy romantic scenes between Rhett and Scarlett O’Hara (played by Vivien Leigh), the real life Leigh didn’t particularly care for the real life Gable.

The main cast was rounded out with Melanie Wilkes, played by Olivia de Havilland and Ashley Wilkes, played by Lesley Howard.

Many people in the film industry at the time did not think the film would be successful. But it was, beginning with its premier at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta on Dec. 15, 1939.

Margaret Mitchell attended the opening, along with Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

I may continue Paul’s Southern education and make him go to the Margaret Mitchell house in Atlanta.

I wonder what bribe I will have to use to make that happen … pizza may not be enough.


Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at