A copy of the final mimeographed shooting script, dated on the front cover, January 24, 1939, and stamped copy number 137. Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland. Screenplay by Sidney Howard. Produced by David O. Selznick. Directed by Victor Fleming. 273 pages. Folio. Enclosed in a full blue morocco clamshell box.
The official shooting of “Gone with the Wind” began on January 26, 1939. This is the final shooting script representing the collaboration of producer David O. Selznick, Sidney Howard, playwright H. P. Garrett and no less than seven other writers who at one point even included F. Scott Fitzgerald. Work on the screenplay was extremely difficult for all the writers involved, as Selznick demanded the faithful use of Margaret Mitchell’s dialogue and insisted that no more than a hundred new lines of dialogue were needed.
The final script was a combination of Howard and Garrett’s work. Selznick believed that the Garrett script was superior in its continuity and basic storytelling, but not as good as the Howard script in the crafting of individual scenes. Still, re-writes continued even after the film began shooting and cost the production its first director, George Cukor.
A fascinating glimpse into the making of the greatest American movie.
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