Clark Gable gave a damn about racism on the set of Gone With the Wind

Clark Gable almost stalked off the set of “Gone With the Wind” when he discovered studio bathrooms were designated “White” and “Colored.”

In an excerpt published by the New York Post of “Victor Fleming,” a biography about the film’s director, writer Michael Sragow says Gable “got on the phone to Fleming, who called the prop master and told him, ‘If you don’t get those signs down, you won’t get your Rhett Butler.’ ”

The signs were taken down immediately.

“Victor Fleming” hits shelves in December.



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4 responses to “Clark Gable gave a damn about racism on the set of Gone With the Wind

  1. Glad to hear about someone of “Old Hollywood” who was not a racist: so many of them were you know.

    I appreciate your sharing this and am adding this new book to my list of purchases to be made.

    Way to use your clout Clark!

  2. Neologue

    Curious. I grew up in and near Charleston, S.C., and in the ’60s was dragged as a teenager to a tour of Boone Hall Plantation, one of the places used in Gone With the Wind (I think as Twelve Oaks, but not sure). A man associated with the place said that the movie had employed many local folks during the filming for various roles. This man had been a driver who picked the stars up from airports and drove them out to the set. He remarked that of all the stars, that Gable had been the nicest, most respectful…and tipped the best. I may be one of the few white people who have always hated the damn book, and the movie worse than the book, but I guess it’s nice to know that at least Gable wasn’t a complete racist jerk.

  3. I heard a story from my Grandmother that
    Clark Gable was part Black, Native American and
    White. Some of his family “passed ” for white
    and others did not.
    Grandmother was a very, very, light skinned mixed woman who was born in 1896. She claimed
    to be a friend of Gable’s family. And like my
    Creole family, who became white when they
    moved to California, Gable still faced racism.
    When I brought this up towards the end of my
    Grammy’s life, she told me not to repeat this story
    because people would think “I had lost my mind”.
    I did not want to argue with her. But, I tell this
    story because, what if it was true?
    True or False, Gable was still the man!

  4. k arnold

    I Heard this story from a man who has since passed away. This man was from Sandusky Ohio,and he told me this about 15 years ago. He said people in Hollywood new about it,but said notheing. Thats entertainment I guess.

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