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Gone with the Wind & Vivien Leigh home video footage discovered!

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Published on Sep 1, 2008

Katie Couric, David Janssen & Herb Bridges view/discuss the recently discovered GWTW home video footage. The footage shows Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, Victor Fleming and various extras behind the scenes during the filming of the 1939 classic.

For more information on Vivien Leigh & Gone with the Wind, please visit VIVIEN-LEIGH.COM.

Video supplied by Mark Mayes.

From Brucemore.org: "The subject of this attention was a three-minute segment of footage taken by Howard Hall in 1939. Howard was visiting friends and checking on investments in California when he was invited to visit the Busch Garden set of Gone With the Wind. Howard had access to the set through his friend Paul Robinson, whose wife Ann was the stand-in for Olivia de Havilland. Through that connection, he had remarkable access to the otherwise closed set of the most popular American film ever made. Fortuitously, he brought his movie camera.

The quality of the images is extraordinary. Howard documents the filming of one of the opening scenes of the movie -- the barbecue at Twelve Oaks. He focuses on Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh sitting by their trailers in full costume, smoking and waiting for their scenes. He also shows stand-ins setting up a shot for Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. Some scenes reveal hundreds of extras in antebellum costumes, standing in the California sun, waiting for the cameras to roll.

Howard's filming on the set of Gone with the Wind was not an isolated instance of his access to Hollywood sets. Letters written to Margaret in 1937 describe a few of his previous encounters with some of the biggest actors of the era."

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