The Great Gatsby (1949)

The Great Gatsby




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Movie Info

Alan Ladd plays the title millionaire, a flamboyant bootlegger who tries find acceptance in Long Island's high society while winning the love of the beautiful Daisy Bucchanan, who unfortunately, has married another man. This is the second film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel and was made before the book became considered an American colassic.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Owen Davis, Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 1998



as Jay Gatsby

as Daisy Buchanan

as Jordan Baker

as Nick Carraway

as Tom Buchanan

as Myrtle Wilson

as Dan Cody

as Ella Cody

as Myron Lupus

as Klipsringer

as The Guest

as Kinsella

as Mavromichaelis

as Real Estate Man

as Golf Pro
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Critic Reviews for The Great Gatsby

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Unfortunately, the movie version misses many of its opportunities.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Elliott Nugent's direction skips along the surface of the era depicted. The script doesn't give him much substance to work with.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum have achieved a dutiful plotting of the novel without the substance of life that made it stick.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This scores over Jack Clayton's lavish and longer 1974 version by the casting of Alan Ladd as Gatsby, so much more convincing as a man with a dark and mysterious past than one-dimensional glamour-puss Robert Redford.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An interesting, film noir-ish take on the novel. The screenplay takes some liberties with the source material but (Alan) Ladd gives an exceptionally sensitive performance as the lovelorn millionaire. Excellent supporting cast.

Full Review… | May 3, 2014
Movie Dearest

Elliott Nugent directs with some atmospheric touches, but can't counter screenwriter Richard Maibaum's verbosity.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Great Gatsby


Not as bad as the 2001 addaption, but not much better.

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer


good version of this but I still like Redford 1974 version best Ladd is a little too old to play the part.

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