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Gone With The Wind (1939)

November 2nd, 2008 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1930's, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Oregon musician

From Louis Kaufman’s autobiography:

One Sunday morning, Max called unexpectedly. “Louis, are you free today?” “Yes, Max.” “Come right over with your violin. I have some themes to submit to Selznick for Gone With The Wind. He wants to hear them. Its not very interesting with just the piano.”

The second Portland connection to Gone With The Wind is, of course, Clark Gable. The King Of Hollywood’s career took off when he won an Oscar for It Happened One Night (1934), but students of Oregon Movies, A to Z know that it began with a  transformative year in Oregon

Strange but true: the Oregonian greeted Edward Everett Horton in 1923 as “Portland’s favorite movie idol”. We have found no evidence that Gable, who, like Horton, did time here as an apprentice actor, ever received that designation.

I hereby claim Gone With The Wind as an Oregon film on the basis of Portlander Louis Kaufman’s contribution as first violinist.

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