Fun Facts From the Filming of Gone With the Wind

By | May 24, 2019

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Gone With The Wind, poster, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, 1939. Source: (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

The sweeping Southern epic, Gone With the Wind, was a blockbuster hit of 1939 and the winner of that year’s Academy Award. It was the highest-grossing film for a quarter of a century after it was released and is still considered to a classic example of a cinematic masterpiece. A film as big as Gone With The Wind naturally encountered some obstacles and challenges with filming, production, and beyond. Let’s look at some of the fun facts from the filming of Gone With The Wind. 

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The First Scene to be Filmed was the Most Destructive

Although the spectacular scene of the burning of Atlanta appeared later in the film, it was the very first scene to be shot for Gone With The Wind. All of the old studio sets—including the set from 1933’s King Kong—were sprayed with kerosene and set ablaze. The producer, David Selznick, had one chance only to film the inferno. Reshooting the scene would have been extremely expensive and time-consuming.