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Here, I have some trivia from the movie Gone With the Wind...

In the scene where Scarlett digs up a turnip and then retches and gives her "As God As My Witness" speech, the retching noices were actually coming from Olivia de Havilland, since Vivien Leigh could not produce a convincing enough retch.

In the scene where Rhett pours Mammy a drink after the birth of Bonnie, as a joke, he poured real whisky into the decanter instead of the normal tead that was used as a substitute for liquer back then. Hattie Mc Daniel did not know this until she took a swig. Then her eyes got red and watery as she froze. The entire crew started to laugh.

1,000 dummies were used to augment live extras in the scene where Scarlett goes searching for Dr. Meade.

There are 1,037 pages in the book and 500,000 words!

The scene where Scarlett was stretching and singing to herself after the night on the stairs, there is a tray next to her. The tray was there before Mammy got upstairs. This was because before they deleted the scene, there was a short moment in which Bonnie brings Scarlett the tray.

The original name for Scarlett O'Hara was Pansy O'Hara. The original names for Melanie were Permelia and Melisanda. And the original name for Tara was Fountenoy Hall

The final cost of GWTW was a record of $4.25 Million!

CBS paid $35 million dollars to air GWTW on television. It was the largest sum of money ever paid in the history of television.

Clark Gable insisted that his wardrobe be thrown out and redone by his own personal tailor.

One of the considered titles for GWTW was Ba! Ba! Blacksheep.

After Scarlett kills the Yankee deserter, Melanie has to remove her gown to wrap around his bloody head. Rumors spread all over the set that she wore nothing underneath it, and all of a sudden, the entire crew was in the room where they were filming that part. But excitement turned to dissapointment when they saw that she had put a slevelesss blous on and a pair of pants that she rolled up to her knees.

As a prank on Clark Gable, some stagehands sewed on 70 lbs. of weights onto Olivia de Havillands skirt. Clark was supposede to lift her from the bed and carry her down to the wagon to flee out of Atlanta. As Clark struggled to pick her up under the unexpected weight, he had asked if they nailed her to the floor.

In the scene where Rhett, Scarlett, Melanie, Prissy, and Baby Beau are fleeing Atlanta, the horse in which Rhett steals, was supposed to be thin and it's ribs were to be sticking out. When they finally found the right horse, weeks later when they began filming, the horse had grown too fat and it's ribs were no longer showing. Since there was no time to hire a replacement, the make up department painted dark shadows where the ribs were supposed to be sticking out.

The film sequence that is commenly know as "The Burning of Atlanta", was not the actual burning of the city by General Sherman in November of 1864, but instead it represents the night, two months earlier, when the retreating Confederate Army torched it's ammunition dumps to keep the Union Army from capturing them.

5,000 gallon water taks were used that night to put out the fire after the filming of that scene was finished.

In June of 1936, Gone With the Wind hit the stands in bookstores. It was a hard cover book and the price for it back then was $3.00, where today it was $10.00 just to get my paperback copy!

Gone With the Wind sold 50,000 copies a day within the first six months!

One month after the book was published, producer, David O. Selznick, bought the film rights for an outstanding $50,000. At that time, that was the highest sum of money ever paid for an authors first novel.

On November 8, 1971, Maragret Mitchell became the first woman ever to be admitted to Georgia's Hall of Fame. It was a posthumous honor, the author had died in 1949.

Stagehands placed percusive caps beneath the boards of sets under construction. When a workman nailing the boards struck them with the hammer, the caps exploded. The crew in on the gag then burst into screams of "The Yankees is coming!"

To while away the time between takes, Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh retreated to a corner of the set to play games. He taught her how to play Backgammon and she taught him how to play Battleship, a naval war game of skill and strategy. Time after time, Vivien Leigh soundly trounced Clark Gable at both of the games.