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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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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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Following a popular revival of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby during World War II, Paramount Pictures announced a new film version in mid-1946 with the script to be written by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume. However, censor Eric Johnston at the Motion Picture Production Code adamantly refused to permit any new motion pictures depicting the licentious Jazz Age. "The Johnston Office seems to be afraid of starting a new jazz cycle," Maibaum told the press in 1946. Nearly half-a-decade passed before the censors allowed the film to begin production. To appease the censors, Maibaum was forced to add atonal elements such as the Bible verse in the opening scene as well as moralizing observations by Nick Carraway. See more »

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Ladd Understood....
2 April 2004 | by chureiSee all my reviews

ALAN LADD was the perfect actor for THE GREAT GATSBY, and his performance in this film captures F. Scott Fitzgerald's tragic hero with every nuance, every movement, every hidden torment. Ladd wanted to do this role, although he had his anxieties (as was noted by my friend Geraldine Fitzgerald). Nonetheless, he succeeds splendidly as Gatsby - a definitive characterization that should be seen. Redford had the right stuff, to a large extent, but the Redford-Farrow version is far too overblown with far too many missing, and important, elements in the plot. As for the Ladd version, it is true that Betty Field, a superb actress, was not right for Daisy -- there is far too much intelligence in her interpretation. Nor are Barry Sullivan, Ruth Hussey, and Macdonald Carey altogether satisfactory either. BUT the adaptation is closest to Fitzgerald, and the Ladd, of the later scenes in particular, is a tragic figure - truly reaching the heights of one of America's finest novels. And one that is ageless...


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