Inter Office Communication
Selznick International Pictures, Inc.
To: Ring Lardner, Mr. Russell Birdwell
Date: January 7, 1937
Excerpt (Original filed WIND - Woolcott Broadcast)
...As to the casting of "Gone With The Wind", I feel that new personalities are
preferable - first, selfishly because of my belief the roles of Scarlett and Rhett
will make stars for us; and second, from the standpoint of illusion created by
the picture itself: wellknown personalities are liable to be identified with their
previous roles, whereas a new personality will be accepted, provided they are
sufficiently talented and properly cast as Scarlett and Rhett.
DICTATED BUT NOT READ BY
DAVID O. SELZNICK