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1976: 'Gone with the Wind' Makes its Broadcast TV Appearance
November 7, 2017  | By TV WW  | 1 comment
 
Today in 1976, the epic 1939 film Gone with the Wind made its broadcast television debut on NBC. The film — based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell — aired in two parts, with the second part broadcasting the following day. The David O. Selznick-produced classic starred Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.

At the time of its broadcast the Oscar-winning film earned a then-record household rating of 47.7 and a 65 share of TV viewers. (Its second-night numbers were 47.4/64, respectively.) The two-part presentation still holds the eighth and ninth positions on the list of Top 10 highest-rated primetime programs of all time.
 
 
 
 
 
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jim
When GWTW appeared on NBC in 1976 it finally put an end to years of phantom tv sightings of the movie. For years before that broadcast all the people who erroneously insisted that they had seen it on tv had been a bit of a running joke in the culture.
Of course, the most important and unforgettable thing about this broadcast was that it was the inspiration for the following weekend's immortal Carol Burnett parody "Went With The Wind" I think it's safe to say that once Carol and crew were done none of us ever quite viewed GWTW the same.
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David Bianculli
Dear Jim: As Ed McMahon used to say, "You are correct, sir!" Nice observations... especially about the timing of Carol Burnett's sketch.
Nov 13, 2016
 
 
 
 
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