Hello, everybody.  Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here with a Gone With The Wind quizlet dedicated to the memory of our mutual friend, John Madden.

Johnnie loved the 1939 classic, and could recite at the drop of the hat whole sections of dialogue from memory. He was particularly animated when repeating the “I don’ know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ babies” exclamations from house servant, Prissy (Butterfly McQueen, pictured below right).

So let’s see how you do answering the following 10 questions picked at random, based largely on a reading of  Vivien Leigh, author Anne Edwards’ well-written 1977 biography of the unforgettable GWTW star.  With one exception, we’ve made the questions multiple choice.

So take a shot, and let us know your answers.  We’ll publish our answers shortly, so stay tuned. Here you go:

— Question: How much in 2012 dollars did Gone With The Wind Cost to make: (1) no one knows since inflation values are not fixed; (2) $52 million; (3) $500 million or (3) $630 million?

— Question: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara really resented Clark Gable as Rhett Butler principally because: (1) She felt he didn’t work as hard on his part as she did on hers, (2) She felt he was a tad stupid, (3) She was offended by his attempts to French kiss her in love scenes; or (4) She was put off by Gable’s chronic bad breath caused by his false teeth?

 — Question: Who was producer David Selznick’s first choice for the role of Rhett Butler: (1) Ronald Coleman, (2) Basil Rathbone, (3) Charles Laughton, (4) Clark Gable, (5) Gary Cooper, (6) John Garfield or (7) Errol Flynn?

 — Question: Which of the following actresses were NOT seriously considered for the part of Scarlett O’Hara:  (1) Lana Turner, (2) Miriam Hopkins, (3) Loretta Young, (4) Joan Crawford, (5) Bette Davis, (6) Joan Fontaine, (7) Katharine Hepburn, (8) Lucille Ball, (9) Norma Shearer or (10) Barbara Stanwyck?

 — Question: Among the thousands of  Scarlett O’Hara aspirants, who came closest to beating out Vivien Leigh for the part: (1) Jean Arthur, (2) Joan Bennett, (3) Irene Dunne, (4) Paulette Goddard or (5) Claudette Colbert?

 — Question:  How much was Vivien Leigh paid to appear in Gone With The Wind: (1) $5,000 per week, (2) $100,000, (3) $30,000, or (4) $10,000 plus a piece of the box office action?

— Question: A relative of producer David Selznick played a crucial part in getting Vivien Leigh the Scarlett O’Hara lead.  Who is this person, and what exactly did he do?

 — Question: George Cukor, the initial director of Gone With The Wind, was taken off the picture to be replaced by Victor Fleming, the film’s director of credit: 1) Because Vivien Leigh couldn’t stand the guy, (2) Because Clark Gable felt neglected by the director, (3) Because Cukor couldn’t get along with producer David Selznick, or (4) Because MGM boss Louis B. Mayer, who personally detested Cukor, put pressure on Selznick to drop him?

 — Question: Who among the following screenwriters did NOT work on the Gone With The Wind script: (1) Oliver Garrett, (2) Ben Hecht, (3) Sidney Howard, (4) Harold Robbins, (5) F. Scott Fitzgerald, (6) John Van Druten, (7) William Faulkner or (8) Jo Swerling?

 — Question: The sacking and burning of Atlanta scene, originally intended to be filmed last, was filmed first by producer David Selznick because:  (1) He screwed up the movie’s production schedule so badly that a coherent scene order was made impossible, (2) The change in directors (George Cukor out, Victor Fleming in) necessitated a fresh look for key scenes, and (3) A back lot littered with old movie sets and building facades needed to be cleared and the decision was made to burn the junk.

 

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