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'Gone With The Wind' debuts in Atlanta, GA...



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December 15, 1939

THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 15, 1939 

* Gone With The Wind film premiere in Atlanta Ga (day of)
* Clark Gable - Vivien Leigh - Leslie Howard


Here is a great report on the most successful movie of all time in terms of ticket sales. Page 27 has one column headlines that include: "ATLANTA RETAKEN BY GLORY OF PAST", "'Gone With the Wind' Flies Into City and Thousands Relive Its Stirring War Days", "Ladies Who Were Infants In Sherman's Day Witness Start of March Through Duskand more. Reporting continues on page 32 with related photo. Lengthy text, too much to photograph all. A historic issue on one of the greatest films of all time.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Complete in 52 pages, rag edition 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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