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Selznick’s Folly By DONALD ALLEN KIRCH
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Legendary MGM boy wonder, Irving Thalberg once said, “No Civil War picture ever made a nickel.” Producer David O. Selznick was determined to prove that assumption wrong even if it killed... More > him, his stars, and all 3 of his directors; even if it cost him his independent movie studio, and destroyed every relationship he’d ever had. This is a story of old Hollywood and of a world that no longer exists. Gone With the Wind broke new ground in every avenue of Hollywood’s old empire. It made an international star out of Vivien Leigh, won an unprecedented 10 Academy Awards, and in 1939 was the most expensive motion picture ever made. But it was one crisis after another from the time the motion picture rights were purchased in 1936, until shooting began in 1938. The story of how this motion picture ever got made is almost as epic as the movie itself.< Less
Marley - The Other Christmas Carol By DONALD ALLEN KIRCH
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Damned! Marley’s soul was lost, doomed to wander among the ranks of humanity, generation after generation, without the powers to be humane. The curse of his chains was a heavy one, and there... More > were many a time in which he found the weight of said chains to be unbearable. So this must be perfectly understood: Marley was without hope.< Less