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In 1939, the Hollywood Production Code dictated what could and could not be shown or said on screen - and Rhett Butler's famous last line was strongly objected to. An alternate, "Frankly my dear, I just don't care," was considered. But producer David Selznick decided to keep the original line, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" - and paid a $5,000 fine.

The first scene shot for the film was the burning of Atlanta, filmed on December 10, 1938. What they actually burned were old sets on the MGM backlot, including the huge gates from "King Kong" (1933). The fire was so intense that the unknowing citizens of Culver City jammed the telephones lines, thinking MGM was burning down. For this sequence, Scarlett was doubled by Eileen Goodwin and Dorothy Fargo, while Rhett was doubled by Yakima Canutt and Jay Wilsey.

Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammie, became the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award - which she won for Best Supporting Actress.

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