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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Melvyn Douglas was one of the actors under consideration for the part of Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind," and he can be clearly seen in Lana Turner's screen test. In one of Selznick's infamous memos, the producer expressed disinterest in casting the actor in the part as he photographed "too beefy" for that role in the test.
When I arrived in America about 25 or more years ago, uh, I did receive a, uh, memo from, uh, Selznick. Well, I've just finished reading it, and I, uh, think it would make a good film. In fact, I'm inclined to call it "The Longest Story Ever Told."
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.