Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Producing Gone With The Wind


Costume sketch. Click to enlarge.

Rhett Butler costume design.

Production still. Click to enlarge.

Production still of Clark Gable on set in costume.

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Rhett Butler

Clark Gable was reluctant to play the role of Rhett for two reasons: the expectations of the novel's thousands of readers and the fact that the film would be a costume epic.

His last costume picture, Parnell had been a flop. But Gable, as Hollywood's biggest star, was the preferred lead. Gable had to demonstrate a charismatic demeanor and effortless confidence to play the part of Rhett Butler.

Due to the complexity of Selznick's contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Selznick went to great lengths (1) to ensure that costuming enhanced Gable's performance.

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