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



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December 15, 1939

NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM, 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. The bottom of the front page has a two column heading: "Atlanta to See if it's True What THEY Say About Dixie" with subhead. Reporting continues on page 31 with related photo. Page 30 has a related advertisement. (see) A historic issue on one of the greatest films of all time.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 48 pages, light toning at the margins, small library stamp within the masthead, small binding holes along the spine, a few small tape mends along the margins, generally nice.

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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