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The Great Gatsby (1949)

A Jazz Age bootlegger learns the hard way about the wages of sin.

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Elliott Nugent

Writers:

F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), Owen Davis (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Jay Gatsby
Betty Field ... Daisy Buchanan
Macdonald Carey ... Nicholas 'Nick' Carraway
Ruth Hussey ... Jordan Baker
Barry Sullivan ... Tom Buchanaan
Howard Da Silva ... Wilson
Shelley Winters ... Myrtle Wilson
Henry Hull ... Dan Cody
Ed Begley ... Myron Lupus
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Klipspringer
Nicholas Joy ... Drunken Guest at Party
Walter Greaza Walter Greaza ... Kinsella
Tito Vuolo ... Mavromichaelis
Ray Walker ... Real Estate Man
Diane Nance Diane Nance ... Pamela
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Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifetyle of his landlord, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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A Great Cast... A Great Novel... A Great Motion Picture

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le prix du silence See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,360,000, 31 December 1949
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Howard Da Silva also appeared in the 1974 film version of The Great Gatsby (1974) as the gangster Meyer Wolfsheim. See more »

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Very good film version of the original novel.
5 July 2005 | by lionel-21See all my reviews

This version of Scott Fitzgerald's short novel is remarkably faithful to the original and infinitely more successful as a film than the big budget version which appeared two decades later, starring Robert Redford. Alan Ladd puts in an excellent performance in the title role simply by playing the usual Ladd persona. The character of Gatsby in the novel is not fully fleshed out, nor did the author intend him to be more than an illusive figure fired by an obsession. Ladd, who was not an actor of any great talent, seems to be particularly suited to the part. Redford, a much greater actor, added a dimension, the aura of the 'glamorous' leading male star, which the reader does not associate with the Gatsby of the novel and as a consequence, is not convincing. The 1949 version, in monochrome, captures much of the atmosphere of the 'jazz age' which strangely does not come over in the lavish period detail of the later version. The gallery of supporting players contributes significantly to the success of the film. There are a few minor faults, such as the montage shots in the opening sequences which border on cliché. Nick Carraway is less prominent than the author might have intended. But the essence of the novel is there.


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