(Originally posted April 29, 2009)
Did you know that Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler? Oh, yeah. He even said, “Gone with the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in Hollywood
history. I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.”
Clearly, Gary was no psychic. Just how big was GWTW? In 2007 the American Film Institute voted it the #6 Greatest Movie of All Time. For the premiere in Atlanta, the Governor declared a state holiday. It won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. And if total box office receipts were adjusted for inflation, it would be the number one grossing movie of all time. The projected total: $3.78 billion.
Yes, this is the first movie added to the list of Great American Things. You may think another film should have had the honor.
Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
- On this day: Gone With the Wind premieres (thejc.com)