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The Great Gatsby Details


This second film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's definitive jazz-age novel stars Alan Ladd in the title role. Jay Gatsby, formerly Jake Gatz, is a successful bootlegger with aspirations of being accepted in the highest social circles of Long Island. Once he's done this, Gatsby devotes his time to winning back the love of his former lady friend Daisy (Betty Field), now married to boorish "old-money" millionaire Tom Buchanan (Barry Sullivan). Gatsby's obsession with rekindling old flames results in disillusionment and, ultimately, tragedy. Sidelines observer Nick Carraway, the narrator of the original Fitzgerald novel, is expertly played by MacDonald Carey, while Shelley Winters makes an excellent impression as Buchanan's slatternly mistress Myrtle Wilson. Cast as Myrtle's dour optometrist husband is Howard Da Silva, who essayed a minor role in the 1974 remake of Howard Da Silva. That 1974 version has unfortunately kept the 1949 Gatsby from being released to television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Alan Ladd
as Jay Gatsby
Betty Field
as Daisy Buchanan
MacDonald Carey
as Nick Carraway
Ruth Hussey
as Jordan Baker
Barry Sullivan
as Tom Buchanan
Howard Da Silva
as Wilson
Shelley Winters
as Myrtle Wilson
Henry Hull
as Dan Cody
Elisha Cook, Jr.
as Klipsringer
Walter Greaza
as Kinsella
Tito Vuolo
as Mavromichaelis
Carole Mathews
as Ella Cody
Ray Walker
as Real Estate Man
Jack Lambert
as Reba
Jack Gargan
as Gold Pro
Carole Mathews
as Ella Cody
Jack Lambert
as Reba
Ray Walker
as Real Estate Man


Elliott Nugent
Richard Maibaum
Richard Maibaum
Cyril Hume
John F. Seitz
Robert Emmett Dolan
Composer (Music Score)
Ellsworth Hoagland
Roland Anderson
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Perc Westmore