It’s been almost eighty years since Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released the epic civil war movie, Gone with the Wind. Many in the movie industry thought the movie would be a very costly flop, but when it was released in 1939, audiences fell head-over-heels in love with the fiery Scarlett O’Hara and the dashing Rhett Butler. Now seen as one of the greatest motion pictures ever made, here are twenty little known facts about Gone with the Wind.

It Took A While To Find Scarlett

It’s hard now to imagine anyone else but Vivienne Leigh in the role of the fiery Scarlett O’Hara, but back in the 1930s, there was no certainty she was going to land the role. Indeed, the movie had already started shooting by the time Leigh got the part, after an extensive and much-publicized search for the film’s lead had been undertaken by Gone With the Wind‘s producer, David O. Selznick.

Gable Worried About Damaging His Macho Image

Things were a little different back in the 1930s to what they are today. Back then, it wasn’t the done thing for men to show their emotions, so when it came to film a scene where Clark Gable has to cry as the character Rhett Butler, he was worried it would damage his macho image. He was eventually persuaded to film the scene, but only if he could also film another one where he did not cry in case he changed his mind. Thankfully, the emotional scene was kept in the movie in the end.