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Garson Kanin (novel)
William Hanley (teleplay)
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Release Date:
19 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Follows the trials and tribulations of David O. Selznick as he attempts to find an actress to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Tony Curtis obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 30 September 2010, 7:19 AM, PDT)

Harold Gould obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 21 September 2010, 2:36 AM, PDT)

Harold Gould obituary
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... David O. Selznick

Bill Macy ... Myron Selznick

Harold Gould ... Louis B. Mayer

Sharon Gless ... Carole Lombard

George Furth ... George Cukor

Edward Winter ... Clark Gable
Barrie Youngfellow ... Joan Crawford
Carrie Nye ... Tallulah Bankhead

Clive Revill ... Charlie Chaplin

Gwen Humble ... Paulette Goddard
Patricia Smith ... Louise Knight
James Ray ... Tom Adams
William Bogert ... Russell Birdwell
Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Kay Brown
Joey Forman ... Walter Winchell

Jane Kean ... Louella Parsons

Sam Weisman ... Page

Kenneth Kimmins ... Fuller

Melody Thomas Scott ... Laurie Lee (as Melody Thomas)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Atlanta Lady

Warren Munson ... Bill Menzies
Howard George ... Max Arnow
Merle Ann Taylor ... Katharine Hepburn (as Merleann Tayler)
Gypsi DeYoung ... Lucille Ball
Jo McDonnell ... Isobel

Don Keefer ... Judge
Michael Hewitson ... Ashley

Dee Dee Rescher ... Phoebe (as Deedee Rescher)
Gaye Kruger ... Lorraine
Vicki Belmonte ... Jean Arthur

Sheilah Wells ... Miriam Hopkins
Jessica St. John ... Secretary
Maurice Hill ... Richard Walsh
Dan Caldwell ... Sidney Howard

Paul Kreppel ... Delivery Man

Morgan Brittany ... Vivien Leigh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gerald Berns ... Tallulah Bankhead's Escort (uncredited)
Dorothy Dells ... Myron Selznick's secretary (uncredited)

Jean Gilpin ... Margaret Sullivan (uncredited)

Annie Potts ... Betty (uncredited)

Directed by
John Erman 
Writing credits
Garson Kanin (novel "Moviola")

William Hanley (teleplay)

Produced by
Stan Margulies .... producer
David L. Wolper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Cinematography by
Gayne Rescher 
Film Editing by
Richard Bracken 
Casting by
Pat Harris 
Production Design by
Michael Baugh 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Richard Blair .... makeup artist
Leonard Drake .... hair stylist
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... unit production manager
George Taylor .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wesley J. McAfee .... first assistant director (as Wes McAfee)
Kathy Slakey .... second assistant director
John N. Whittle .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mike Miner .... property master
Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound recordist
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jim Danforth .... special effects
Frank Toro .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug J. Campbell .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Gene Griffith .... grip (uncredited)
Thor Sundby .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chad Harwood .... wardrobe: men (as Chad M. Harwood)
Agnes G. Henry .... wardrobe: women
James Lapidus .... dresser: Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Music Department
Eugene Marks .... music editor
Brian L. McCarty .... music playback operator
Transportation Department
Donald P. Desmond .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary Ann Grasso .... researcher
Kathy Thomas .... script supervisor (as Kathy Thomas Swor)
Janette M. Webb .... researcher
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War" - USA (alternative title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Morgan Brittany also appears as Vivien Leigh in the film Gable and Lombard (1976).See more »
Factual errors: Joan Crawford was never seriously considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara. Her period film, The Gorgeous Hussy (1936), had just flopped, and it was felt she could not do a period film successfully.See more »
Carole Lombard:Scarletts! They're all Scarletts! We're up to our butts in Scarletts here!See more »
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References The Last of the Mohicans (1936)See more »


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Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn for this Turkey, 17 March 2015
Author: dglink from Alexandria, VA

Based on part of a 1979 Hollywood novel by Garson Kanin, "The Scarlett O'Hara Wars" covers producer David O. Selznick's lengthy search for the right actress to play Margaret Mitchell's Scarlett in his 1939 production of "Gone with the Wind." This 1980 television film was one of three episodes adapted from the Kanin novel for a limited television series, the others being "The Silent Lovers" and "This Year's Blonde." However, if the other two segments are as bad as this one, better to avoid them and spend the time re-watching the classic Selznick film. Perhaps as an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" this campy tale of Selznick, his brother Myron, George Cukor, and Louis B. Mayer could provide enough giggles from Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot's commentary to prove entertaining. The famous characters portrayed do not converse with each other, they impart nuggets of historical information or exchange legendary gossip for the benefit of viewers. Among the film's mish-mash of fiction and non-fiction, the most amusing part concerns two con men, who pass themselves off as talent scouts for Selznick and seduce young women with promises of playing Scarlett; a cocktail party with all of the actresses competing for the part is also bitchily funny at times. Whether or not any of these episodes is based on fact is dubious, given Kanin's reputation for inventing fictional Hollywood lore, such as his myth-making spin on Tracy and Hepburn.

During an endless 98 minutes, a legion of famous names parades past, "Hello, my name is Vivien Leigh" or "Miss Ball? Yes, Lucille." For the most part, the performances are caricatures; Edward Winter as Clark Gable resembles a refugee from Madame Tussaud's wax works, and Carrie Nye does a drag-queen impersonation of Tallulah Bankhead. To be fair, some actors come off better than others. Although miscast, handsome Tony Curtis makes a brave attempt at being the bland-looking David O. Selznick; George Furth is passable as George Cukor, but looks nothing like him; and Harold Gould is not bad as Louis B. Mayer, but again lacks any physical resemblance. On the other hand, Clive Revill's Charlie Chaplin is a flamboyant embarrassment, and the scenes that depict screen tests will set viewers' teeth on edge, especially fans of "Gone with the Wind;" Gwen Humble's take on the Paulette Goddard test is best left without comment.

The obviously cheap production is colorful and brightly lit like a period sit-com; at times the dialog sounds like comedy as well, intentional or not. William Hanley, who actually won two Emmy awards during his career, wrote the clunky teleplay, and the limited series, "Moviola," which included this episode, garnered Emmy awards for makeup and costumes. However, anyone remotely interested in the background story on the making of "Gone with the Wind" should avoid this farcical turkey. Instead, they should turn to the outstanding 1988 documentary, "The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind," a masterful telling of the film's production from the novel's publication through the movie's numerous re-releases.

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