TV Movie | | Documentary, Biography
Henry Fonda hosts this retrospective on the career and films of iconic filmmaker David O. Selznick, who epitomized the era of the auteur producer in the 30s and 40s.
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Jennifer Jones' name is Phyllis Walker on her screen test. Her real name was Phyllis Isely, and at the time she was married to actor Robert Walker. Ironically, after the two had separated, Jones' future husband, David O. Selznick, cynically hired Walker to play opposite the rechristened Jennifer Jones in the 1944 hit "Since You Went Away." No footage from this Selznick box office hit is shown and the film is not referred to in the documentary.
Henry Fonda - Narrator:
For the first time literary classics are filmed with at least the illusion of fidelity to the original.
Footage showing Selznick with Victor Fleming is described as the producer making preparations for filming. The film was prepared by Selznick in collaboration with director George Cukor, not Fleming, who was working on "The Wizard of Oz" at the time. Fleming did not come on board the production until after filmimg had started and Cukor withdrew from the film.
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