Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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Corrected entry: Prissy is sent to get Dr. Meade to help with Melanie's delivery. When she returns and walks through the gate there is a dummy soldier standing on the sidewalk, probably a leftover from an earlier mass scene. (01:11:00)


Correction: The dummy solder is actually a metal figurine used to tether horses.

Corrected entry: When Scarlett tries on the green bonnet that Rhett brings her from Paris she looks in the mirror and ties the bow. When she is facing the mirror after tying it, the bow is flat and wrinkled. When she turns away to show Rhett, the bow has been miraculously puffed and is perfectly even and very wide. (00:45:05)

Correction: After she puts the hat on backwards, she is looking in the mirror as she begins to tie the bow. Scarlett finishes fluffing and straightening the bow as she turns to ask Rhett how she looks.

Corrected entry: When Scarlett is flirting with the twins at the barbecue, she is sitting on a cushion on the steps, but when she walks away the cushion is gone.

Correction: The cushion is still there when they leave. There's even another cushion one step below.


Corrected entry: Maybe there is something I haven't understood. But Scarlett marries Frank Kennedy for the sole purpose of raising $300 to pay taxes on Tara. Wouldn't he have coughed up the money as well if he had married his life-long belle Suellen?


Correction: Suellen would not have asked Frank for the money because she no longer cared what happened to Tara. Near the beginning of Part Two she says as much, adding, "I hate Tara." prompting Scarlett to slap her.

Corrected entry: If you look closely at the lily Scarlett is holding in the very first scene of the film, you can see that it's artificial.

Correction: They had artificial flowers in the 1800's, there's no reason she shouldn't have one. It all comes down to the deliberate intent of the filmmakers; for all we know it was a commentary on Scarlett herself.


Corrected entry: During the burning of Atlanta scene, Rhett and Scarlett are escaping in a wagon. The horse stops, spooked by the fire, so Rhett throws Scarlett's shawl over the horse's eyes. The mistake is that as soon as Rhett grabs the reins, the horse throws off the shawl, and suddenly no longer is afraid of the fire. (01:22:15)

Correction: After Rhett jumped out of the carriage and grabbed the horse directly by the bridle, the horse became calmer once it was being led forward by a human, regardless of whether on not the blanket was still covering its eyes.


Character mistake: When Melanie and Scarlett are talking with an (off-screen) wounded Confederate soldier, the soldier says he hasn't heard from his brother since Bull Run. Only Northerners refer to that battle as Bull Run; Southerners have always referred to it as Manassas.


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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

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."


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.


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

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