Gone with the Wind
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Continuity mistake: When Scarlett's father comes home to announce that the war is over Melanie is standing on the stairs with empty hands. When we see her next a moment later she is carrying her baby. (00:09:15)


Continuity mistake: When Scarlett sees Frank Kennedy while she's working in the hospital, there is something on the left side of Frank's face in the close up shot of him. In the next shot that shows Scarlett and Frank, it is no longer there. (01:03:55)

Continuity mistake: When Rhett pours Mammy a drink on the day of Bonnie's birth he has a cigar in his mouth. When the camera angle changes he is holding the cigar in the hand that holds the glass. (01:06:35)


Continuity mistake: When Scarlett is flirting with the Tarleton twins dogs and horses in the background appear and disappear in a very discontinuous way. (00:07:35)


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Suggested correction: Animals are not stationary, so they are bound to move. Also, if you watch it again, you will see some of the dogs running across the yard in front of Scarlett and the twins.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of part 2 Scarlett walks by her sisters who are working in the field, carrying two water buckets. They start arguing, and Scarlett slaps Suellen, without any indication that she had put the buckets down. In the next shot we see her bending forward to pick up the buckets again. (00:03:10)


Continuity mistake: When Uncle Peter is chasing Aunt Pittipat's last rooster the poor creature passes by the same stack of wood twice in successive shots. (00:51:25)


Continuity mistake: When the protagonists drive through the burning, abandoned Atlanta, a few looters are after the horse. Rhett knocks down one of them while the buggy is still moving, and in the next shot they are back at the spot where they were before being attacked. (01:20:00)


Continuity mistake: After Frank Kennedy's death Scarlett is drinking in her bedroom. She takes his picture, which is standing on the dressing table, and turns it on its face. In one close-up shot this picture is placed on a piece of lace, in all others not. When she finally leaves the room the picture is gone completely, and also all other things on the dresswing table are rearranged. (00:55:20)


Continuity mistake: Scarlett, Melanie, and Mrs. Meade leave the hospital when Belle Watling approaches them to donate some money. Throughout the scene the three women are standing close to each other, but when Belle drives off Scarlett is standing by herself even though the camera does a scan around her. (00:59:00)


Continuity mistake: When Aunt Pittipat leaves Atlanta Scarlett and Dr. Meade are standing in the walkway to the house and talking. The moment the aunt drives off Scarlett is standing all by herself (and loudly cursing Melanie and her baby). (01:07:30)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bonnie dies, Scarlett is sitting down drinking a cup of tea. She puts the cup on the table and stands up. When we see the next shot from behind, the table is clearly visible and the cup is gone.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Scarlett shoots the Yankee deserter, look at the large window at the top of the staircase. Not only is the glass strangely opaque, but there is the silouhette of a tree being cast on it from a tree which is obviously directly outside the window. When Melanie opens the window to call out to Suellen and Carreen, the tree is not only about 15 feet from the window, its also significantly shorter than you would expect from its shadow. In fact, it comes nowhere near as far as the window ledge, let alone the window itself.

Continuity mistake: After Ashley has been shot during the raid of the shantytown Scarlett sits on his bed, holding his hand against her bosom. When Rhett asks her if she isn't interested in her husband's fate she is seen from the front, with no sign of Ashley's hand. (00:52:00)


Continuity mistake: When Melanie runs down the driveway to greet the returning Ashley both hands are down and she is holding on to her skirt. When the camera angle changes she's running with both hands up in the air. (00:13:25)


Continuity mistake: While Gerald is speaking to Scarlett about Tara and land, the close-up shot shows that his hand and riding crop are up near her shoulder. When the shot changes to the wide angle with the matte painting background, his arm is down near her waist. (00:12:00 - 00:13:00)


Continuity mistake: When Rhett and Scarlett go up to Melanie's room to get her out of the house and take her to Tara the hallway and staircase are fully lit. When they come down again all lights are off, although there was no one downstairs to put them out. (01:19:40)


Continuity mistake: Regarding the iconic pull-back shot of the depot, showing hundreds of dead and dying soldiers lying about the train tracks: later that night, everyone escapes by driving through this same area as train cars burn and explosions go off. What happened to all those dead and dying soldiers?

Continuity mistake: The morning that Rhett leaves for London, he tells Scarlett to get Bonnie's things packed right away. Scarlett pushes herself up into a sitting position on the bed with her arms, but in the very next shot, she's laying back against the pillows with her arms crossed. Then she pushes herself up again.

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Continuity mistake: When Scarlett is talking to Melanie before she dies, Melanie's "widow's peak" is obviously painted on.

Continuity mistake: After Scarlett overhears the girls gossiping about her, the first "Yee-hoo!" from the men is heard, and Scarlett looks dismayed and about to cry. Her facial expression completely changes in the very next shot; to a sly, queer look.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Ashley is brought back wounded from the raid where Scarlett's husband Mr Kennedy was killed, Melanie grabs an oil lamp to follow the man carrying Ashley to the bedroom and you can see an electrical cord hanging down from it. (00:50:45)

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Trivia: After Margaret Mitchell's (author of "Gone with the Wind") husband saw the scene with the wounded soldiers in Atlanta he is reported to have said "if we had had that many soldiers, we wouldn't have lost the war in the first place."


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Question: At the very beginning when the twins are talking to Scarlett it sounds to me like George Reeves says something about the "other 48 states" wanting war. Am I hearing that incorrectly? There were only 34 states when the war began.

William Lanigan Premium member

Answer: I watched this scene several times on HBOmax, both with and without the closed captions. The line, spoken by Brent Tarleton (George Reeves) is: "You know, those poor Yankees actually want a war." It does sound like he says another word just before saying "Yankees," but it's so muffled that it's unintelligible and the closed captions do not record it. It could be "poor fool Yankees," but that's a guess.

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Answer: In the version I am watching it is definitely Reeves' character who say the line, right after he tells Scarlett "War. Isn't it exciting Scarlett?" Then comes what sounds like what I posted. Is it possible there are different versions?

William Lanigan Premium member

Answer: To answer your question, I looked for on-line versions of the "Gone with the Wind" screenplay. What you are hearing as "other 48 states" is actually "those fool Yankees." The full line is, "Y'know, those fool Yankees actually want a war?" Also, the line is actually said by Stuart Tarleton, played Fred Crane, not by George Reeves as his twin brother, Drew. In writing, it doesn't seem they would sound alike. When I watched the opening scene of "gwtw" on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymbmvQJcLDc&t=6s), I can see how the error was made. I might have misheard it, as well, if I didn't already know what the line was from my research. Mr. Crane's enunciation is rather muddled.

Michael Albert

George Reeve plays Brent Tarleton, not "Drew."

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