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'Gone With The Wind' wins early movie awards in 1939...



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December 28, 1939

THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 28, 1939 

* Movie 'Gone With The Wind'
* New York City movie critics give bad rating
* Clark Gable - Vivien Leigh - Leslie Howard


This is a nice report on the most successful movie of all time in terms of ticket sales.

Page 16 has one column headlines that include: "Miss Leigh IS Selected", "'Gone With the Wind' Star Is Honored..." with pictorial that includes Vivien Leigh as "Scarlett" (see photos).

Also a interesting report on the same page with headings: "Finds Little To Laud In 'Gone With The Wind'" "New Masses Critic Sees Movie '4 Hours of Expensive Hokum'" which is actually a bad review on this famed movie. See photos for text here.

This is the complete issue with 42 pages, in the "rag edition" produced in small numbers exclusively for libraries & institutions, containing very high-quality paper. Very desirable and in Great condition.

wikipedia notes: The film premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939. It was the climax of three days of festivities hosted by Mayor William B. Hartsfield, which included a parade of limousines featuring stars from the film, receptions, thousands of Confederate flags, false antebellum fronts on stores and homes, and a costume ball. Eurith D. Rivers, the governor of Georgia, declared December 15 a state holiday. The New York Times reported that thousands lined the streets as "the demonstration exceeded anything in Atlanta's history for noise, magnitude and excitement". President Jimmy Carter would later recall it as "the biggest event to happen in the South in my lifetime."

Hattie McDaniel and the other black actors from the film were prevented from attending the premiere due to Georgia's Jim Crow laws, which would have kept them from sitting with the white members of the cast. Upon learning that McDaniel had been barred from the premiere, Clark Gable threatened to boycott the event. McDaniel convinced him to attend.

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