William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film
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William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Hartsfield, William Berry
Title: William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film
Dates: 1939
Quantity: 1.0 film reels
Quantity: Sixteen and half minutes of 16mm black and white acetate film transferred to digital format (DVD)
Identification: ahc.VIS194

Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content Note

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 captures 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.


Arrangement

Collection is arranged by catalog number.


Index Terms

Actresses--Georgia
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs
Atlanta Cyclorama (Atlanta, Ga.)
Atlanta Municipal Airport (Atlanta, Ga.).
Atlanta Municipal Auditorium (Atlanta, Ga.).
Central business districts--Georgia--Atlanta
De Havilland, Olivia
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960
Hartsfield, William Berry
Howell, Clark, 1894-1966
Jones, Bobby, 1902-1971
Keyes, Evelyn, 1916-2008
Kyser, Kay
Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967
Loew's Grand Theatre (Atlanta, Ga.).
Lombard, Carole, 1908-1942
McAdoo, W. G., (William Gibbs), 1863-1941
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Fiction

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film, VIS 194, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carl Hartsfield, 1985 (1985.50)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.


Container List

 

Location

VIS 194.01VIS 194.01 William Hartsfield Gone With the Wind Premiere Film, 1939