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William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film

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Title: William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film
Date: 1939
Description: William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film

William Berry Hartsfield (1890-1971) served as Mayor of Atlanta 1937-1962. He served on the Atlanta City Council from 1923-1928 and represented Fulton County in the state legislature. Hartsfield was Mayor of Atlanta in 1939 when the city hosted the premiere of Gone With the Wind, the movie based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell (Marsh). The film Gone With the Wind, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell (Marsh), premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939.

Local identification number: VIS 194.01

The footage, in its original format, is one reel of black and white acetate 16mm film. The film is edited from several individual reels and includes title and story cards. The first several minutes of the film capture the arrival of the principal actors and studio executives as they disembark at Atlanta Municipal Airport and proceed down the streets of Atlanta. There are many close-up shots of principal actors including Olivia De Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Ona Munson, and Laura Hope Crews. The director, David O. Selznick, is pictured along with Carole Lombard, wife of Clark Gable, and Laurence Olivier, companion of Vivien Leigh. The next several minutes capture the ball hosted by the Atlanta Junior League. The film shows guests arriving, some in Civil War period costume, and dancing to music by a live band. The final minutes of the film capture some of the principal actors touring the Cyclorama, the site of the Battle of Peachtree Creek, and a residential area as well as the arrival of guests for the movie premiere.

Local identification number: ahc194000001.flv

Subjects: Gone with the wind (Motion picture : 1939) | Actresses--California--Hollywood | Actresses | Actresses--Georgia--Atlanta | Actors | Actors--California--Los Angeles | Audiences--Georgia--Atlanta | Airport terminals--Georgia--Atlanta | Airports--Georgia--Atlanta | Crowds--Georgia--Atlanta | Entertainment--Georgia--Atlanta | Entertainers--California--Los Angeles | Entertainers--Georgia--Atlanta | Motion pictures | Motorcades--Georgia--Atlanta | Parades and processions--Georgia--Atlanta | Neighborhoods--Georgia--Atlanta | Eastern Air Lines | Hartsfield, William Berry, 1890-1971 | Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967 | Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989 | Gable, Clark William, 1901-1960 | De Havilland, Olivia, 1916- | Lombard, Carole, 1908-1942 | Howell, Clark, 1894-1966 | Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949 | Loew's Grand Theater (Atlanta, Ga.) | Atlanta Cyclorama (Atlanta, Ga.) | Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Atlanta, Ga.) | Atlanta Municipal Airport (Atlanta, Ga.) | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.) | Peachtree Street (Atlanta, Ga.) | Georgia
Contributors: Atlanta History Center
Online Publisher: James G Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry RD, Atlanta GA 30305, 2010
Original Material: William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film, Atlanta History Center | Moving image
Persistent Link to Item: http://collections.atlantahistorycenter.com/u?/WH,0

Related Institutions: Atlanta History Center
Collection Information: William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film