Carole Lombard technically wasn't part of "Gone With The Wind" (though, like many other top actresses in the industry, she lobbied for the Scarlett O'Hara role), but through her ties to Clark Gable and producer David O. Selznick, she was a frequent visitor to the set. When the film was a wrap, Lombard -- by this time Gable's wife -- attended the party; she's seen with Gable, Selznick, Scarlett portrayer Vivien Leigh and director Victor Fleming.
Two other cast members who probably attended the party will be honored Tuesday by Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. One of them left us last month; the other one's life was, like Lombard's, cut short in a wartime air crash. We are referring to Ann Rutherford and Leslie Howard.
Earlier this year, Howard had been named TCM's star of the month for July (over five consecutive Tuesdays), and "Gone With The Wind" was an obvious choice to kick things off. But when Rutherford passed away in June, TCM altered its daytime film schedule for a Rutherford tribute -- an appropriate lead-in to "GWTW." Rutherford regularly appeared at "GWTW" fan events, and probably had some fascinating stories to tell about the experience of working on that epic.
Here's the Rutherford schedule (all times Eastern), a reminder that she was a capable actress in all sorts of roles, from the Andy Hardy movies to others she made in the 1940s:
* 6 a.m. -- "Of Human Hearts" (1938)
* 7:45 a.m. -- "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938)
* 9:30 a.m. -- "Four Girls In White" (1939)
* 10:45 a.m. -- "Pride And Prejudice" (1940)
* 12:45 p.m. -- "Washington Melodrama" (1941)
* 2:15 p.m. -- "This Time For Keeps" (1942)
* 3:30 p.m. -- "Whistling In Dixie" (1942)
* 4:45 p.m. -- "Two O'Clock Courage" (1945)
* 6 p.m. -- "Adventures Of Don Juan" (1948)
After "Gone With The Wind" at 8, here's the rest of this week's Howard offerings:
* midnight -- "Stand-In" (1937)
* 1:45 a.m. -- "The First Of The Few" (1942)
* 4 a.m. -- "The Gentle Sex" (1943)
* 5:45 a.m. -- "The Lamp Still Burns" (1943)
Howard does not appear in the last two films, as he directed "The Gentle Sex" (a British wartime comedy) and produced "The Lamp Still Burns" (a drama starring a young Stewart Granger).
For a complete lineup of Howard films shown this month, including the likes of "The Petrified Forest," "A Free Soul," "Five And Ten" and "Outward Bound," visit http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/484535|0/Leslie-Howard-Tuesdays-in-July.html.
Here's Howard with Lombard and Gary Cooper (and a canine companion) in February 1933: