Gone without the Flynn

16 Mar

Der fellow Flynn fans,

I share with you a rare document, which shows the Hollywood studio executives ways of thinking when it comes to casting and cashing in on a movie in the making. It further shines a light on why Flynn wasn’t in in GONE WITH THE WIND. While the frantic search for the leading lady is common knowledge, it was new to me, that Gary Cooper was also considered for the lead role. Either way the film would have turned out ok. Let’s post your favourite photo of an iconic scene of GWTW and let our imaginary eye insert Errol into the picture. But keep in mind that Gable brought a lot to the table…


— shangheinz


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  1. David DeWitt

    March 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Shangheinz, I emailed you about the clarity of the image but it bounced so do you have a better image or its location someplace so we can replace it?

    • shangheinz

      March 16, 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Sorry Witty Dave for what must have been the St. Patrick’s Day resolution. If there is enough interest, I will post a 2nd page. Slainte!

      • shangheinz

        March 16, 2019 at 3:37 pm


        • David DeWitt

          March 16, 2019 at 11:26 pm

          Ha ha! Thanks for the better image! I notice the amount for Gable wages looks like $150,000. In today’s money, that is $2,691781.50 … Still a bargain considering how much money that movie has brought in!

          • Gentleman Tim

            March 18, 2019 at 12:31 am

            That’s a stunning ton of money during the Depression, David! The highest paid player in baseball that same year was the immortal ‘Iron Horse’, Lou Gehrig. Lou “only” earned $35,000, for the entire year, less than 25% of what Gable got for Gone. Maybe Gable was the Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth, not Gehrig!

            The average annual salary in 1939 was approximately $1800. Renting a home cost $28 a month on average. So, Gable scored BIG!


            I wonder if Gary made more than Gehrig, too!


  2. Gentleman Tim

    March 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    happy st. patty’s day, taraheinz. cooper might have been sooper dooper, but he refused the role. frankly, he didn’t give a damn.

    flynn might have been in, but bette was too petty.…

    it would have been tougher than pickett’s charge to top these two!


    • shangheinz

      March 28, 2019 at 11:25 am

      By common demand of you two (Funny enough the Tony Cutis and Roger Moore series The Persuaders is called The Two over here) here is Page 2 from the GWTF Papier. Enjoy!