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Scenes from "Gone With the Wind" filmed in BB

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GWTWTOO
Sun Aug 09 2009, 05:09PM Email Thread Print View
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As I mentioned in another post, I know that the shantytown sequence in GWTW was filmed in BB. The producer, David O. Selznick, chose this area because the trees resembled the pine trees found in Georgia. He had also filmed "Tom Sawyer" in this area-around Cedar Lake, I believe.

Years ago, before his death, I contacted Lee Cozad and spoke to him and he said he was never able to locate the exact spots that were used for this sequence.

The ironic thing is that when I was really young in the 1960's, I ran across an article *somewhere* where the writer mentioned he had been hiking, found a stream and remains of a set. He claimed it seemed familiar to him and then he placed it--the shantytown scene from GWTW. Unfortunately, I was just a kid then and didn't keep it or remember much else.

I am about at the point where I think the only way I will discover the location is to go to Texas and get into his files, since I believe he *must* have mentioned the desired location at some point, since he had a passion for writing memos. The book "Memo from David O. Selznick" doesn't contain all the memos from GWTW, so it's not in that book.

The other day when I went to the Grizzly and looked at old copies of their newspapers, they did not have anything from 1939. I had hoped something might have appeared in the local papers, especially considering the fact that GWTW was a hugely anticipated film then.

Can anyone help? Thanks!
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bills grandson
Mon Aug 10 2009, 08:32AM

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I had never heard about any gone with the wind but if you have pictures maybe I or someone else can place them. There were movies made up here since movies were made many of them quite good.
my favorites because they have great background would be trail of the lonesome pine, shepard of the hills, and the werewolf.
there were lots of cliffhangers shot here.
More recent ones were parent trap, night of the grizzly a bit of paint your wagon.
the andy griffith movies were a lot of fun too as well as all the weekly shows
I think between the Forest Service and the cities film commison they have really hurt the filnaking between fees and restrictons the valley has lost some of it's best advertising as well as the lodging and food the crews spent money on

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Mon Aug 10 2009, 08:35AM
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GWT, go and see Tim and Kim Sweat at the Museum and Historical Society. They have loads of info on BB history, especially Cedar Lake and Hollywood filmings.
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Mon Aug 10 2009, 10:23AM

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bills grandson wrote ...

I had never heard about any gone with the wind but if you have pictures maybe I or someone else can place them. There were movies made up here since movies were made many of them quite good.
my favorites because they have great background would be trail of the lonesome pine, shepard of the hills, and the werewolf.
there were lots of cliffhangers shot here.
More recent ones were parent trap, night of the grizzly a bit of paint your wagon.
the andy griffith movies were a lot of fun too as well as all the weekly shows
I think between the Forest Service and the cities film commison they have really hurt the filnaking between fees and restrictons the valley has lost some of it's best advertising as well as the lodging and food the crews spent money on

It is actually very short sighted of the cities to have all the fees and restrictions on filming. The huge amount of revenue that comes into an area when a film crew is around is good for the economy.

At one time the high school I taught at (Monrovia) was being used as often as 4 times a year for shoots. The company paid a decent sum to the school district for use of the school. Unfortunately a principal that took over in the laate 80's thought it was a distraction to students and refused to allow the campus to be used. Funny thing was, the kids would simply notice that wagons were around and they are shooting again. It was no big deal. We had to say good-bye to good, easy money.
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bills grandson
Mon Aug 10 2009, 10:30AM

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California is losing the industry it created. There is no shortage of states or countries that know a good thing when they see it.
When I see a beautivul place in a movie I watch the credits to see where it is.
I noted on many of the new shows coming out all the actors and crews are seeming to have forign sounding names now.
just more jobs exported out of the country

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I've been super curious about tracking down this location. Some time ago I got a book "The Making of Gone With the Wind" produced by TCM, with a forward by Robert Osborne (RIP). It has some good info about the shantytown sequence.

Here's a choppy video of the sequence: [Click Here]

I've attached the still photos from the book which have this info about the sets:

Set #44 Ext. Shanty Town
Set #45 Big Bear Ext. Stream Near Hobo Camp (pic number 108)

(EDIT: doh, photo attachments didn't seem to work - here's a link to the photos uploaded elsewhere: [Click Here])

My guess is that the location is down the road leading down to the right: [Click Here]

The accompanying text which may give clues to the location (seems not too far away from the main road). From the previous post, it seems likely that the creek in the scene is Metcalf Creek.

Here's the text from the book about the making of this scene:

On the same day Fleming was shooting Bonnie's riding scene, B. Reeves "Breezy" Eason, one of Hollywood's most dependable second-unit directors, began filming the Shanty Town scene at Big Bear Lake in Southern California.

Work had begun before dawn, when five large trucks carrying construction equipment, set dressings, props, wardrobe, lights, and generators left the studio for the Big Bear Lake location. The crew included carpenters, set dressers, painters, landscapers, and a first aid technician. A large amount of red brick dust was hauled there to simulate the red dirt of Georgia. The film's historical advisor, Wilbur Kurtz, traveled by car to observe the construction of the camp, and production designer William Cameron Menzies arrived later to supervise. A third car arrived at noon with Aline Goodwin, Scarlet''s double, Lydia Schiller, the script supervisor, and other support staff.

The next morning, one of the generators broke down due to the altitude, and Eason was forced to film that day without sound. The generator was repaired overnight so they were able to shoot with sound the next day.

After lunch, they began filming the scene in which Scarlett is attacked. The scene had undergone considerable revision in an effort to avoid trouble with the Hays Office, which had cautioned Selznick to avoid any suggestion of rape in this scene, and to fulfill Selznick's promise not to make an "anti-Negro film". Though the novel featured an African American man attacking Scarlett, Selznick cast the attacker as a white man. Upon acquiring the rights to Gone With The Wind, this was one of the first changes Selznick made to the story, mindful of concerns about the depiction of African American characters in the film.

Big Sam's fight scene with Scarlett's attacker was shot on Thursday, June 15. Fay Helm took over as Scarlett's double. Aside from the occasional car horn or spectator wandering into the frame, filming proceeded quickly and efficiently for the next two days, with only two or three takes made for each camera angle. The scene was substantially finished on June 16, though some of the crew stayed the next day to film "moving process plates" at various speeds (easy trot, gallop, runaway) that would be used as backgrounds for Vivien Leigh's close-ups. These close-ups, as well as the close-ups of Yakima Canutt as the "Degenerate White," Blue Washington as the "Degenerate Black," and Everett Brown as Big Sam, were filmed by Victor Fleming two weeks later on July 1.
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thanks for clearing that up. I'll try to watch the movie to see if I can catch anything but these don't help me much. The bridge may be a good clue but it will be sometime before I can check it out.


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WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
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At first I thought perhaps Holcomb which was pretty popular with filmmakers those days. BUT out by Camp Oakes there's a creek and the remains of an old bridge that has been built over. I wonder if it could've been there? But it would have been way out in the boonies at that time...
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bills grandson
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The meadow has a lot of skunk cabbage in it my guess would be somewhere around mill creek road.

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WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
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I found the location for the bridge. It is still there. It has been extensively altered over the years, but it is still recognizable. It's located a short distance up 2N10 above Cedar Lake. It's actually visible from the road, but you have to go slow or you'll miss it.

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