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Vivien-Leigh.com is announcing a Enter for Your Chance to Win Contest! V-L.com will be giving away 3 DVD copies of The Deep Blue Sea! Released in 1955, the film stars Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More. This color film was never released on VHS or DVD but played on American television a couple decades ago. I have in my possession a recording of that TV version so it borders on poor quality, but I have it nonetheless. The Deep Blue Sea is about Hester (Vivien Leigh) “the troubled wife of a London attorney (Emlyn Williams). Racked with emotional problems, Leigh turns her back on her loveless marriage and sets up house with a handsome RAF officer (Kenneth More). When her lover proves to be shallow and unreliable, Leigh attempts to kill herself ” (quoted text taken from Fandango.com).

To enter the contest, please answer the question below. One winner will be chosen at random from the correct submissions. This contest is only open to those living in the USA and Canada (sorry, the DVDs will only work in DVD players from this region). To enter for your chance to win, click on the email link below and send your answer in the email. Please put “Deep Blue Sea” in the subject line.  The contest ends March 31st! Good Luck, everyone!

QUESTION: The film The Deep Blue Sea is adapted from the play of what playwright? Hint: Answer can be found on Vivien-Leigh.com

ANSWER: Send your answer to webmaster @ vivien-leigh.com or CLICK HERE.


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The 7 year old little boy clinging to Leslie Howard in the photo above is Mickey Kuhn, a child star of the 1930s and 1940s. He was cast as Beau Wilkes,  Ashley Wilkes and Melanie’s son, in the legendary film Gone with the Wind. This film role was not his first– he began working in films at age 2! And it would not be his last either. In fact, he would reunite with a certain GWTW alum in a 1951 film. But more about that later… Mr. Kuhn kindly agreed to sit down with Vivien-Leigh.com to answer some questions about Gone with the Wind and Vivien Leigh. Mr.  Kuhn will be participating in the Marietta GWTW Re-Premiere weekend so those of you who are attending will have the opporunity to see and meet him. To learn more about Mr. Kuhn and his acting career, check out his mini biography on IMDB:

One of Hollywood’s staple child actors during the 30s and 40s, Mickey Kuhn played alongside many a top Hollywood star from Leslie Howard and Conrad Nagel‘s son to playing Dick Tracy’s ward. Once he reached the “awkward teens” stage, however, he found himself primarily unemployed or in unbilled parts and looked elsewhere for career satisfaction.

Born Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn, Jr. on September 21, 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, he was the younger of two children born to Theodore Sr. and the former Pearl Hicks. The family moved to Hollywood during the Depression where his father found reliable work as a meat cutter. Mickey added to the family income at age 2 when, by chance, he was cast by Fox Studios for the movie Change of Heart (1934) starring the preeminent movie couple at the time, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Attending kindergarten at the Mark-Ken School for professional children, he returned to films as a 5-year-old in A Doctor’s Diary (1937) made by Paramount. His devoted mother oversaw and protected him throughout most of his young career. 1939 was a banner year for Mickey as it was for Hollywood itself, appearing as Crown Prince Augustin in the “A” picture Juarez (1939) starring Paul Muni and Bette Davis, and as Ashley Wilkes’ son Beau in the Civil War classic Gone with the Wind (1939). {click here to read the rest of this mini biography >>>}

V-L.COM: Let’s begin with something fun! How many times have you watched GWTW?

Mickey Kuhn: Not that many……….only about 8 times over 70 years.

V-L.COM: Do you think Scarlett O’Hara got Rhett Butler back in the end?

Mickey Kuhn: No !! I think he wanted to settle down and have a family while Scarlett wanted the “exciting” lifestyle.

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Yes, you read that correctly! The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum & Warner Brothers have a special announcement! The Gone with the Wind 70th Anniversary Edition on DVD and Blu-Ray will be available early! The DVD will be available to the general public on November 17 but on November 13, at the Gone with the Wind Re-Premiere event in Marietta, fans will have the opportunity to  be the first to purchase either the standard or Blu-Ray version of the film and to get it autographed! This collector’s edition includes extra features such as the documentary “Gone With the Wind: The Legend Lives On”, “Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara Wars,”  Turner Classic Movies documentary film  “1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year,” “The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind” (1989), “Melanie Remembers: Reflections by Olivia de Havilland,” documentary on Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable,  “The Old South” a MGM promotional short piece (1940) , Newsreel from the 1939 Atlanta premiere & from the 1961 Civil War Centennial festivities, theatrical trailers from various releases over the years, a 20 -page reproduction of the original 1939 movie program, a 40-page hardback book on the making of the film, eight  framable 5″x7″ photos of scenes and characters from the film, and a CD sampler of selections from the original GWTW musical score. Whew! And the Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available in a limited edition and beautiful numbered red velvet keepsake box.

The prices for the DVD’s are as follows:  Standard 69.99   Blu-Ray 84.99

The museum is taking orders for the DVD’s now and those who would like to reserve an autographed copy should email to csutherland@mariettaga.gov or they can call 770-794-5576 to reserve.  Please specify which version is desired and provide your credit card information if not attending the event.  The DVD’s will be autographed by the attending cast members but cannot be personalized due to time restraints.

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Check out the theatrical trailer for the soon-to-be-released Gone with the Wind Blu-Ray Collector’s edition. I can’t imagine Vivien Leigh or Clark Gable in High-Def! It’s going  to be amazing! Thanks, Brian, for sharing.

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Ann Rutherford was only 18 years old when she filmed Gone with the Wind. You know her as Careen O’Hara, Scarlett’s little sister, but she has had a wonderful career before and beyond Tara. Miss Rutherford is attending the Gone with the Wind Re-Premiere weekend next month in Marietta, GA. So in honor of this lovely actress, here’s a special tribute video of Ann Rutherford that highlights her amazing Hollywood career.
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The release date for the special 70th anniversary Gone with the Wind DVD has been announced. Place your preorders now! Click here to order the Collector’s Edition or click here to order the Blu-Ray DVD. Both available in the Vivien-Leigh.com E-Store.

By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 10 Aug 2009

Blu-ray Disc fans will have a reason to give a damn Nov. 17, when Warner Home Video pulls one of the all-time greats out of the vault for high-def.

For its 70th anniversary, Gone With the Wind will be available as a limited and numbered Ultimate Collector’s Edition, with both Blu-ray ($84.99) and DVD ($69.92) offerings. The two-disc Blu-ray and five-disc DVD collections, housed in velvet boxes, come with three new documentaries:

1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year, a Turner Classic Movies documentary that aired in July, looks at the other great films from that year, including The Wizard of Oz and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Gone With the Wind: The Legend Lives On takes a look back at the legacy of the film with interviews, archival footage, and visits to historical sites and museums.

Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara Wars, a 1980 TV special that’s never made it to home video.

The collector’s editions include a 40-page hardcover book, a reproduction of the 1939 original film program, a CD soundtrack sampler, and eight 5×7-inch art prints. The film is split across the first two discs on the DVDs to accommodate the 220 minute-plus movie running time, with optional commentaries by historian Rudy Behlmer. There is not split of the movie on Blu-ray.

An exclusive planned for the Blu-ray release is a separate DVD of MGM: When the Lion Roars documentary.

“As we’ve done with our spectacular new Wizard of Oz, this new GWTW Blu-ray continues to maximize what the format can do,” said Jeff Baker, EVP and GM for Warner Home Video theatrical catalog. The Blu-ray edition comes with restored and remastered picture.

“It’s six times higher resolution than standard DVD and the most pristine audio available today,” Baker said. “Viewing GWTW on Blu-ray is seeing it again for the first time.”

Bonuses for the collector’s editions include the 1989 The Making of a Legend TV documentary (which the studio also is breaking out as a separate title on its own at $14.97); newsreels about the film’s premiere and the 1961 Atlanta Civil War Centennial; a 1940 MGM short called “The Old South”; foreign-language sample scenes; an “About the Cast” featurette with Olivia Mary de Havilland, the last surviving member from the principal cast; a documentary covering all the main and supporting stars; and trailers.

A bare-bones two-DVD set for $24.98 also will be available. All versions will include an offer for a limited edition copy of the original movie poster.

On Nov. 13-14, Warner and Turner Classic Movies will support an anniversary celebration of the film in Marietta, Ga., home to the Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, opened there in 2003. The weekend will include a screening of the film, a red carpet event, vintage 1930s cars and a costume ball.

Warner will market the releases heavily with national TV spots on Hallmark, TBS, TNT, AMC, Food Network and high-def channels. Print holiday guides will heavily feature the releases (prebook Oct. 13) and online campaigns will hit IMDb, EW, People and iVillage.

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Thanks to Adam for sending me the link to this story. I was able to find the ‘photo’ mentioned in this story by searching google. What a classic! If you attend the Marietta GWTW event this November, you will have the opportunity to see and/or meet Mr. Mickey Kuhn.

By Jack Butterworth / For The Item

MARBLEHEAD – The last surviving screen-credited male actor in the legendary 1939 movie “Gone with the Wind” is living in Marblehead — and frankly we should give a damn.

There are only five cast members from GWTW left alive: Olivia DeHavilland (Melanie Hamilton Wilkes), Alicia Rhett (India Wilkes), Ann Rutherford (Careen O’Hara), Cammie King (Bonnie Blue Butler) and Mickey Kuhn, now a retired airline executive who lives with his wife Barbara in Marblehead.

A Hollywood child actor during the 1930s and ’40s, Mike “Mickey” Kuhn played Beau Wilkes, Ashley and Melanie’s son, when he was 7 years old. He has a lot of memories from his 19-year career, interrupted by Navy service in the Korean War.

Kuhn can recall drawing a gun on John Wayne in the opening scenes of “Red River” and taking a real slap from him, and spending a friendly half-hour with GWTW star Vivien Leigh on the set of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, where he had a small part as a sailor — he is the only actor to have worked with Dame Leigh in both of her Academy Award-winning movies.

Some movies never leave us — Kuhn was delighted to see his moment with John Wayne turn up in the opening scene of Wayne’s last film, “The Shootist” — but with a legion of dedicated fans called “Windies,” “Gone with the Wind” still has a life of its own.

Kuhn’s association with the movie was lucky from the beginning. A child actor for five years, he arrived at the producer’s offices with a crowd of hopefuls and was greeted with the words, “Mickey Kuhn! Thank God you’re here!” A secretary ushered him into David O. Selznick’s office. Selznick conducted the interview and got a nod from the director, Victor Fleming. Immediately a secretary told the other applicants, “You can go home, the part’s been cast.”

Kuhn had two important scenes. One involved Bonnie and Rhett Butler. His line was short — “Hello, Uncle Rhett,” but when he looked up at Clark Gable he said, “Hello, Uncle Clark.”

That spoiled the first take but Kuhn, who prided himself on doing what the director needed the first time, flubbed the line two more times. Fleming had already taken him aside to talk about the scene. Worse yet, Kuhn’s mother was on the set and he was sure she was going to kill him when he got home.

At that point Gable took him aside. “You’re right,” Gable said. “My name is Clark. But today, in the movie, my name is Rhett.”

The fourth take was perfect.

Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes) got worried because, in Kuhn’s scene with Howard, Beau’s mother Melanie was on her deathbed and he had to cry. “Leslie, don’t worry about it,” Fleming said.

Before the scene “He took me in his arms and painted a picture of sadness,” Kuhn recalled. “He asked, ‘What if your mother died, just after you lost your puppy?”

Kuhn cried on cue on the first take.

Then Fleming took Kuhn aside again and expressed his regrets for upsetting the boy. “’Would it make you feel better if you hit me?” Fleming asked. Kuhn said it would and threw a punch. A photographer snapped a picture just before he swung. Kuhn signs copies of that photo for fans today, including Fleming’s daughter, who cried when he gave it to her.

“Gone with the Wind” is 70 years old now. It has survived despite reservations about the way it portrays African Americans, who spend the first half of the movie as slaves and the second half as servants.

The film tries to offer balance. Oscar-winner Hattie McDaniel’s Mammy is the real mother in the O’Hara household and the one person whose respect Rhett Butler hopes to earn.

“This movie is about the Civil War and Reconstruction,” Kuhn said. “It may not be right by today’s standards but there’s nothing we can do about that. It’s a movie, and a great one.”

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