O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) is a spoilt socialite who woo's her social
circle in just pre-Civil War Southern North America. The trouble
is she has the hots for Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) but he already
has a beau and ain't interested NOOO SIREEE
BOSS! This spurs our heroine into marrying his brother just
to be horrid to him
HORRID I TELL YOU! He goes off
to fight for the Confederates in the Civil War and dies, DIES!
I CAN'T TAKE IT - holds eyes with back of hand...
Butler (Clark Gable) is attracted to Scarlett and is more than a
match for our fast-talking-get-what-she-wants-and-yet-gets-nothin
gal. War has broken out and Rhett, who initially does not fight
after having, previously, told his fellow Southerners they would
lose badly because they didn't have the industrial support of those
dang Yankees, once again tries to woo Scarlett but Scarlett is still
in love with Wilkes.
returns from fighting and Scarlett tells him she loves him. He says
he must be honorable to his wife.
Yankees invade the South, pillaging and burning the old world in
their wake. Scarlett, who had been helping out as a nurse, returns
to her family home to find that her father is a broken man and their
estate is in ruins.
to never be hungry again, Scarlett becomes even more manipulative,
this time for money. She goes to see Rhett Butler who is in prison
but he quickly sees through her plans. However when he is released,
he woos her anyway and they marry and have a child together.
marriage is unhappy. Their child dies in a horse riding accident.
Scarlett is discovered in a brief embrace with Ashley Wilkes. On
being forced to attend a party in which Wilkes' wife was within
her rights to shame Scarlett in her social circle, she is warmly
welcomed as an old friend.
all is still not well, and Ashley Wilkes' wife dies suddenly. On
her death bed she asks Scarlett to look after Ashley, whom she knows
Scarlett loves, and who presumably she believes loves her. Rhett
Butler, now realizing that her true love is now free, walks out
on Scarlett ("How will I survive?"
sobs Scarlett. To which Butler replies: "Frankly my dear, I
don't give a damn"). However Scarlett realizes that
Wilkes is not what she wants and looks determined to return home
to make her Estate work.