Selznick International Pictures, Inc.
Inter Office Communication
personality which an expert such as Mr. Cukor could detect instantly - but
which our young and inexperienced punks cannot detect in four hours. I feel
that our failure to find a new girl for Scarlett is the greatest failure of
my entire career. I feel very keenly about it and I feel that everyone in
the company is to blame, including myself.
And for the few weeks remaining, let's be sure that we do a better job than
the messy, even stupid job we've done to date.
In the final analysis, the fault is directly traceable to my office, and I
wish, therefore, that you would immediately have Mr. Cukor read this letter
and go over with him what he personally might do in a final, last minute
I am cutting my Bermuda trip short because I feel that I want to spend
several days in New York, and also at home, doing nothing but interview more
of these girls myself. I have felt that the finding of the girl was of such
importance to us as to warrant steering Mr. Cukor clear of other assignments,
but this is going to be wasted; I might just as well stay in Bermuda; and
Mr. Cukor might just as well be directing the WIZARD OF OZ, if both he and I
don't spend hours every single day on our casting problems. It is a terrible
reflection on all of us that in two years and with a fabulous expenditure, including
a big expensive trip South, we have found not one person for any of the
I think it would be a good idea if, after Mr. Cukor reads this letter, a
meeting were arranged at Mr. Cukor's convenience, to be attended by Messrs.
Ginsberg, O'Shea and Richards, at which the contents of this letter were gone
over once more and a new start made, even for the few remaining weeks.
Every other sudio in town is making new stars in pictures of comparative
unimportance, and it would be shocking if the starting date of GONE WITH THE
WIND rolls around and we have found neither a Scarlett nor an Ashley nor a
Melanie and have to resort to the Lana Turners and the other girls that have
been dug up from high schools and God knows where else by Mervyn LeRoy and
other directors, by Hal Wallis and other producers, by Max Arnow and other