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The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 May 1980
The film follows the trials and tribulations of David O. Selznick as he attempts to find an actress to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).


John Erman


Garson Kanin (novel), William Hanley (teleplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... David O. Selznick
Bill Macy ... Myron Selznick
Harold Gould ... Louis B. Mayer
Sharon Gless ... Carole Lombard
George Furth ... George Cukor
Edward Winter ... Clark Gable
Barrie Youngfellow Barrie Youngfellow ... Joan Crawford
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Tallulah Bankhead
Clive Revill ... Charlie Chaplin
Gwen Humble ... Paulette Goddard
Patricia Smith ... Louise Knight
James Ray James Ray ... Tom Adams
William Bogert ... Russell Birdwell
Sue Ann Gilfillan Sue Ann Gilfillan ... Kay Brown
Joey Forman ... Walter Winchell


The film follows the trials and tribulations of David O. Selznick as he attempts to find an actress to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).

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Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Tallulah Bankhead - All Wanted The Role. And Would Do Anything To Get It! See more »




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Release Date:

19 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the role of David O. Selznick, Tony Curtis made no effort whatever to change his usual appearance to resemble the late producer. He is never seen wearing glasses (Selznick had poor eyesight and was never photographed without them) and does not smoke cigarettes at any point in the movie (Selznick was a chain-smoker of them, but was never seen smoking cigars, as Curtis is at one point). See more »


Joan Crawford was never seriously considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara. Her period film, The Gorgeous Hussy, had just flopped, and it was felt she could not do a period film successfully. See more »


Joan Crawford: [Watching the party] This is giving me the willies. I haven't seen so many phoney smiles since the losers of the last Academy Awards.
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A little gem of movie
24 September 2001 | by LordDudleySee all my reviews

The search for the actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind was a national phenomenon. This TV movie gives a marvelously entertaining depiction of that search. Casting of the stars is very clever, using both well known TV stars as well as unknowns in the various roles. Sharon Gless and Carrie Nye are wonderfully funny as Carole Lombard and Tallulah Bankhead, Barrie Youngfellow shines as Joan Crawford, and Tony Curtis makes an admirable David O. Selznick. Casting Morgan Brittany as Vivien Leigh and having her appear only at the very end of the film for maximum effect was inspired. An excellent slice of Hollywood lore.

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