The Alternate Scene From "Gone With the Wind"



On June 27, 1939, one of the most famous scenes in movie history was filmed: Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara parting in Gone With the Wind. Suspecting the censors would prohibit the famous line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” director Victor Fleming shot the scene using an alternate line: “Frankly, my dear, I just don’t care.” As it turned out, the censors approved the movie, but fined producer David O. Selznick $5,000 for including the profanity. The filming of the famous epic was itself epic, with two and a half years elapsing between the purchase of the rights to Margaret Mitchell’s novel and the movie’s debut in Atlanta in December 1939.