Trivia: In the scene when Rhett hands Mammy a glass of whisky, you can see her sniff it before drinking. When it was originally filmed, tea was supposed to have been in the glass, but Clarke Gable (Rhett) substituted real whisky as a joke. The actress playing Mammy downed the glass, not realizing what was in it. The scene had to be redone, with tea, and obviously the actress didn't trust Gable after the first incident.
Trivia: Hattie McDaniel's portrayal of Mammy earned her an Academy Award, the first to be given to an African American.
Trivia: Adjusted for inflation, GWTW is the world's highest grossing movie ($1.5 billion in 2009 dollars).
Trivia: In the scene where Scarlet goes to look for Dr. Meade to help her with Melanie's delivery she goes to the hospital and encounters all the wounded soldiers. For this scene, the filmmakers were unable to get enough extras so for the injured soldiers lying in the distance they used dummies. The extras lay beside the dummies and by using strings, the filmmakers were able to move the arms and legs making it look like the dummy was moving.
Trivia: The Burning of Atlanta scene was shot long before filming started on Gone with the Wind and indeed before either of the actors were cast in the role of Rhett and Scarlet. The purpose of this was to clear the lot so the sets for the movie could be built. The buildings being burnt were sets from other films, the most noticeable being the huge gates featured in the original King Kong movie. The two actors in this scene were simply stunt doubles who doubled for Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Trivia: George Cukor was the original director for the film and worked on it for 2 years. He was fired 2 weeks into production and was replaced by Victor Fleming.
Trivia: When Scarlett is heard gagging after hungrily eating the radish at the ruins of Tara, it is actually Olivia De Havilland who is making the sound. Vivienne Leigh thought it was unladylike to make such a grotesque sound and refused to pretend to vomit.
Trivia: Gone with the Wind was the longest film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, at 3h 56m. It was also the first colour film to win Best Picture.
Trivia: In the scene at the Atlanta bazaar, Rhett and Scarlett are dancing a waltz at one point. For the closeup shots, the two actors were put on a spinning platform so they could stand still but appear to be dancing.
Trivia: Scarlett O'Hara's bank, Atlanta National, was an actual bank that today is part of Wachovia. Ironically, their most famous fictional customer is controlled by their archrival, SunTrust, which administers the novel as trustee for the Mitchell estate.
Trivia: Under pressure from MGM, the Hays office changed its rules shortly before the film's release to allow certain words when used in an historical or literary context - thus allowing GWTW to be released with the word "damn" intact.