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The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 May 1980
The film 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 (1939).



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David O. Selznick
... Myron Selznick
... Louis B. Mayer
... Carole Lombard
... George Cukor
... Clark Gable
Barrie Youngfellow ... Joan Crawford
Carrie Nye ... Tallulah Bankhead
... Charlie Chaplin
... Paulette Goddard
... Louise Knight
James Ray ... Tom Adams
... Russell Birdwell
Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Kay Brown
... Walter Winchell


The film 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 (1939).

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The movie was "Gone With the Wind" - the biggest movie of all time. Some actresses had stars in their eyes. Some moguls had stars on their couches. It was a game called casting. And before it was over - the intrigue would have all Hollywood guessing. See more »




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Release Date:

19 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Morgan Brittany also appears as Vivien Leigh in the film Gable and Lombard (1976). See more »


Joan Crawford never received a car as consolation from David O. Selznick. See more »


Clark Gable: You can see it, can't you, Myron? Gable and Lombard in Gone with the Wind.
Carole Lombard: Note the billing.
Clark Gable: Oh, no offence, honey.
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References Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) See more »

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A little gem of movie
24 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

The search for the actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind was a national phenomenon. This TV movie gives a marvelously entertaining depiction of that search. Casting of the stars is very clever, using both well known TV stars as well as unknowns in the various roles. Sharon Gless and Carrie Nye are wonderfully funny as Carole Lombard and Tallulah Bankhead, Barrie Youngfellow shines as Joan Crawford, and Tony Curtis makes an admirable David O. Selznick. Casting Morgan Brittany as Vivien Leigh and having her appear only at the very end of the film for maximum effect was inspired. An excellent slice of Hollywood lore.

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