Photos from “THE MAKING OF GONE WITH THE WIND” exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center…

From September 9, 2014, to January 4, 2015, The Making of Gone With The Wind exhibit graced the Harry Ransom Center in Austin Texas, and included pieces from the 500 boxes of the David O. Selznick archives.

Christy with curator of the vast exhibit, Steve Wilson, and author of the museum exhibit book, The Making of Gone With The Wind.

Christy with curator of the vast exhibit, Steve Wilson, and author of the museum exhibit book, The Making of Gone With The Wind.

Banners at the entrance...

Banners at the entrance…

Collection of major players in the action covered an entire back wall of the exhibit...

Photo collection of major players in the action of the film covered an entire back wall of the exhibit…

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Hattie McDaniel receiving her Oscar…

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Margaret Mitchell at the premiere…

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Actress Alicia Rhett, rumored to have been close to Clark Gable during filming....

Actress Alicia Rhett, rumored to have been close to Clark Gable during filming….

Who would it be?

Who would it be?

Twin brothers originally considered to play the Tarletons...

Twin brothers originally considered to play the Tarletons…

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Documents…

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Letter to Harry B. Warner from David O. Selznick concerning Jezebel….

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Letter to George Cukor from David O. Selznick…

Letter from California KKK to the filmakers....

Letter from California KKK to the filmmakers….

Concept art….

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imageFrom the burning of Atlanta….

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imageThe most evocative sketch I saw was this concept sketch of Melanie’s room in Atlanta by Dorothea Holt. Most other sketches are by William Cameron Menzies or his team…

Original Walter Plunkett costume sketches….image

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imageWedding dress recreation by a Catholic order of nuns…

Original costumes restored by Cara Varnell, who also conserved the Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz auctioned last fall…

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Glass-tiled wall adorning a corner of the Harry Ransom Center....

Glass-tiled wall adorning a corner of the Harry Ransom Center….

A poster from the film that I had never seen before. The photo doesn't do justice to the colors. (Visitors weren't allowed to use flash mode.)

A poster from the film that I had never seen before. The photo doesn’t do justice to the colors. (Visitors weren’t allowed to use flash mode.)

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Bill Geist and his crew lunching and chatting with Gone With the Wind superfans…

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The fabulous Bill Geist, from CBS Sunday Morning, and his assistant, Sara, came to Austin to chronicle the Gone With The Wind Superfans, and the segment aired December 21, 2014.

I met with all of the Gone With the Wind Superfans in October, and many attendees from all over the world at the exhibit from many different races, creeds, and nationalities, and I have attended other GWTW events in Georgia and Texas. In light of some of the negative press created concerning Margaret Mitchell’s book and the film of Gone With The Wind itself, I didn’t encounter any disgruntled exhibition visitors or anyone in favor of censorhip, nor did I find anyone wistful about the American institution of slavery or the lack of its continual celebration.  The fans I spoke with, and there were many, stated that the enduring quality of the characters, the beauty and talent of Vivien Leigh, the inspiration of Olivia De Havilland and Hattie McDaniel, and the sex appeal of Clark Gable accounted for continued interest in the book and film.

Leonard Maltin’s preview: http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/gwtw-fever-in-austin-texas-20140930

TCM Host Robert Osborne’s introduction to The Making of Gone With the Wind exhibition catalog: http://blog.hrc.utexas.edu/2014/09/11/osborneintro/

Christy Putnam’s article concerning popular items at the exhibit: http://www.examiner.com/list/ten-popular-exhibit-item-at-harry-ransom-center-s-making-of-gone-with-the-wind

Further archived articles concerning the exhibit: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/search/?cx=014783873757132787519%3A6fhrznrfork&cof=FORID%3A10&q=making+of+gone+with+the+wind

Many documents can be viewed in detail at the above website. The exhibition catalog is available online at the HRH Center web.

Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier in Atlanta....

Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier in Atlanta….(from the Margaret Mitchell House Archive)

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UPDATED FILM TITLE LIST FOR THE TCM ULTIMATE FAN CONTEST

TCM ULTIMATE FAN VIDEOS BY FILM TITLE—Updated as of November 4

Well, my numbers may be a little fuzzy on this, but hopefully not the titles. It seems Gone With The Wind is the all-time favorite with 7 entries, Arsenic and Old Lace tied with Sunset Boulevard at 5 entries, and The Wizard of Oz and Rebecca both had 4. All About Eve , The Night of the Hunter, and The House on Haunted Hill each had 3 entries.

The total number of entries? 298, give or take a few that might have been deleted. Some of the links to contestant videos I was not able to access or open, and one or two had been removed.

ENJOY!

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
A Bridge Too Far
A Christmas Carol (2)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
The African Queen
After The Thin Man
A Hard Day’s Night
A Letter For Evie
All About Eve (3)
Among The Living
An American in Paris
Angel
Angels With Dirty Faces
Animal Crackers
The Apartment
A Place in the Sun
Arsenic and Old Lace (5)
The Artist
The Asphalt Jungle

Baron of Arizona
The Beguiled
Bell, Book and Candle
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Country
The Blob
The Birds
The Blackboard Jungle
Blue Velvet
Born Yesterday
Breaker Morant
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (2)
Bride of Frankenstein
Brief Encounter
Bringing Up Baby
Broadway Melody (2)
Bullitt
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Calamity Jane
The Cameraman
Captain Newman, M.D.
Casablanca
Cat and the Canary
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Charley’s Aunt
The Chase
Cinema Paradiso
The Clown (2)
Cool Hand Luke (2)
Count Three and Pray

Dark Passage
The Detective
Detour
Dodsworth
Dog Day Afternoon
Don’t Torture a Duckling
Duck Soup

The Eddie Duchin Story

Father of the Bride
Fight Club
The Fisher King
The Fugitive Kind
Force of Evil
Frankenstein
Funny Face

The Gay Sisters
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Ghostbusters
Giant
Gilda (2)
Gojira
The Goldiggers of 1933
Goodfellas
Grand Hotel
Grand Slam
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Great Gatsby
The Great Waltz
The Great Ziegfield
Gone With The Wind (7)
Guys and Dolls

Harvey (2)
Hatari
The Heiress
Hello, Dolly
Hell Raiders
Holiday
High and Low
Hit the Deck
The Hill
Hodoo Ann
Hold Back The Dawn
Hour of the Wolf
How Green Was My Valley
How To Marry A Millionaire
Hound of the Baskervilles
The House on Haunted Hill (3)
The Horror of Party Beach
Humoresque
The Hurricane

If A Man Answers
I Love You Again
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Inherit the Wind
It Happened One Night (2)
It’s A Wonderful Life (2)
I Wake Up Screaming

The Jazz Singer (2)
Johnny Guitar

Kind Lady
King Kong
Kings Go Forth
Kings Row
Kiss Me, Deadly

The Lady Eve
Lamb Chops
Lillies of the Field
Little Emily
The Little Foxes (2)
The Little Princess
The Letter
London After Midnight
Love Letters

The Mad Miss Manton
The Major and The Minor (2)
Make Way For Tomorrow
Manhattan Murder Myster
Mary Poppins
Marty
Meet Me in St. Louis
Midnight
Midnight Lace (2)
Mildred Pierce
Mr. Blandings Builds Hi Dream House
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Murder My Sweet
Muppet Movie
My Fair Lady
My Favorite Year

1900
The Naked City (FIRST  PLACE)
Network
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
New York, New York
Night of the Hunter (3)
Night of the Living Dead
Nights of Cabiria
North By Northwest
Notorious
Number One

The Offense
One Way Passage
On the Waterfront
Out of Sight

Peeping Tom (2)
Phantom of the Opera (’43)
The Philadelphia Story (2)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Playtime
Pleasantville
Poltergeist
Psycho(3)

The Quiet Man (3)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (2)
Random Harvest
The Rat Race
The Razor’s Edge (2)
Rear Window (2)
Rebecca (4)
Rebel Without a Cause
Rhythm on the River
Rio Bravo
Robin and the 7 Hoods
Rope

Sabrina (3)
Senso
Shall We Dance?
Showboat
Silence of the Lambs
Since You Went Away

Singin’ in the Rain (3)
Shock Corridor
The Shop Around The Corner (2)
Sleepless in Seattle
Some Like It Hot
Somewhere in Time
Son of Frankenstein
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Spirited Away
Stranger
Streetcar Named Desire
Stella
Sunset Boulevard (5)
Sweeping Against the Winds
Sweet Revenge
Suez

2001
12 Angry Men
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Them
The Thin Man (2)
The Third Man
The Three Musketeers
To Catch A Thief (2)
To Have and Have Not (2)
Top Hat
The Treasure of Sierra Madre
Trouble in Paradise
Two Lane Blacktop
Two For the Road

Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Uninvited

Vertigo (2)

War of the Worlds
The West Point Story

What a Way to Go
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Where The Sidewalk Ends
Witness For The Prosecution
The Wrong Man
The Wings of Eagles
The Wizard of Oz (4)
The Women (2)
White Christmas
Withnail and I

Ziegfield Girl

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TCM’s ULTIMATE FAN VIDEOS BY FILM TITLE

Wow! I am surprised by some of the films chosen, but delighted that there are so many wonderfully talented fans of Turner Classic Movies.

There are 104 entries in TCM’s Ultimate Fan Contest as of Monday evening, October 28, 2013, and several of the films have two videos already:
Gone With The Wind, Sabrina, All About Eve, Arsenic and Old Lace, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Quiet Man, Cool Hand Luke, and The Clown.

What is so refreshing is that Red Skelton’s The Clown has two, and obviously Skelton has not been forgotten for his contribution to film, eventhough he is probably more famous as a television star. Gone With the Wind is always popular, and Audrey Hepburn has two films listed, Sabrina, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
A Christmas Carol
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
A Hard Day’s Night
All About Eve (2)
Among The Living
An American in Paris
Arsenic and Old Lace (2)

Baron of Arizona
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Birds
Blue Velvet
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (2)
Brief Encounter
Bringing Up Baby
Bullitt

Casablanca
Charley’s Aunt
The Chase
Cinema Paradiso
The Clown (2)
Cool Hand Luke(2)
Count Three and Pray

Dodsworth

Father of the Bride
Frankenstein

Giant
Grand Hotel
The Great Waltz
The Great Ziegfield
Gone With The Wind (2)
Guys and Dolls

High and Low
The Hill
Hoodoo Ann
How Green Was My Valley
How To Marry A Millionaire
The House on Haunted Hill

If A Man Answers
I Love You Again
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Inherit the Wind
It Happened One Night
It’s A Wonderful Life

The Jazz Singer

Kings Go Forth

The Lady Eve

The Mad Miss Manton
The Major and The Minor
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Mary Poppins
Midnight
Mr. Blandings Builds Hi Dream House
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

1900
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
Night of the Hunter
Night of the Living Dead
North By Northwest
Notorious

One Way Passage
Out of Sight

Peeping Tom
Phantom of the Opera (’43)
The Philadelphia Story
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Psycho

The Quiet Man (2)

Random Harvest
The Rat Race
Rebecca
Rio Bravo

Sabrina (2)
Senso
Shall We Dance?
Singin’ in the Rain
The Shop Around The Corner
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Stranger
Stella
Sunset Boulevard

The Third Man
The Three Musketeers
To Catch A Thief
To Have and Have Not
Top Hat
Trouble in Paradise
Two Lane Blacktop

Where The Sidewalk Ends
The Wrong Man
The Wings of Eagles
The Wizard of Oz
Withnail and I

Ziegfield Girl

Follow the link to the Official Site of the TCM ULTIMATE FAN CONTEST: http://fancontest.tcm.com/

Final Updates will be posted at the end of the contest!