I went to the Temple Theater this afternoon to see Moonlight and Magnolias at the 2:00 matinee. I enjoyed it very much! I was happy to see a nice size crowd for a Sunday afternoon, too. It wasn’t sold out, but was probably 2/3 to 3/4 full or so.
As the audience entered the theater to take our seats, there was a screen playing the audition tapes of all the actresses that were tested for the part of Scarlet — that was cool…..
Moonlight and Magnolias is a comedy based on a true story — David O. Selznick was 3 weeks into the filming of Gone With The Wind and the script wasn’t working to his satisfaction – so, he halts production, fires the director, and calls in famed director Victor Flemming (pulling him off as director of The Wizard of Oz with only 2 weeks left of filming), and a screen play doctor, Ben Hect, to fix the screenplay. He literally locked them in his office for 5 days so the three of them could come up with a workable script!!! The problem was that Ben Hect never read the book and knows very little about the story, so Selznick and Flemming go through the entire book acting out all the parts while Hect sits at the typewriter capturing it all……kinda like Gone With The Wind on super fast forward told and acted out by two men who have had no sleep and only bananas and peanuts to eat for 5 days…….it was so funny!!!! There is some additional bantering between the gentleman about their lives and what is at stake if this movie doesn’t get made.
It was also a pleasure to see Peggy Taphorn as Selznick’s secretary – a small, but very enjoyable part!
Go see it — it is sure to entertain and provide a lot of chuckles!