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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 ... ...
I said to him once, uh, perhaps he ought to try a simpler picture sometime. Start off with a couple of kids on a park bench and see what he could make out of that... and he said, 'Ohm that's not for me," he said. "The trouble with meis that I-I made...
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.