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13 Jan 2021 3:40 a.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2021 8:41 p.m. PST

"There is a story, perhaps too deliciously ironic to be true, that holds that when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chief Louis B. Mayer told Irving Thalberg he was planning on turning Margaret Mitchell's novel into a movie, Thalberg told his boss, "Forget it, Louie. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel."

The joke is that "Gone With the Wind" went on to win 10 Academy Awards and become the highest grossing film of all time (when adjusted for inflation). This was despite the fact it is nearly four hours long. And that in some ways, neither the movie nor the novel it is based upon is very good.

I say that in the spirit of provocation perhaps, but I also really mean it. I don't hate "Gone With the Wind," and I understand why some people love it. My mother loves it. And I think I can say why…"


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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Jan 2021 3:35 a.m. PST

From the Arkansas Democrat Gazette website

Old Wolfman13 Jan 2021 10:20 a.m. PST

And Mad Magazine did quite the satire of it some years back, "Groan With the Wind",art by Jack Davis

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2021 10:56 a.m. PST



arthur181514 Jan 2021 2:01 a.m. PST

I've never cared for Scarlett O'Hara – petulant, spoilt hussy!
Now, Hannah Hunter in Ford's The Horse Soldiers, there's a Confederate heroine.

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