Michael Moore, Exhibit panel (2) in "Real to Reel," 2013
Gone with the Wind premiered at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. Two thousand guests were invited, including most of the main cast, southern dignitaries, and surviving Confederate soldiers. Leslie Howard returned to England at the outbreak of World War II and did not attend. Also, due to Georgia's segregationist Jim Crow laws, the African American actors Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Oscar Polk, and Everett Brown were excluded from attending the premiere.
After its release, Gone with the Wind became an overwhelming box-office success and received critical and public praise. Among the African American community, however, the film further instilled the stereotypical views of racial inferiority.
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