F. Scott Fitzgerald's story of the roaring '20s is peopled with shallow characters and the script [also from the play by Owen Davis] stresses the love story rather than the hi-jacking, bootlegging elements.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of the roaring ’20s is peopled with shallow characters and the script [also from the play by Owen Davis] stresses the love story rather than the hi-jacking, bootlegging elements.

Gatsby is a fabulous bootlegger who has parlayed his relentless drive into fortune. When the stack of blue chips is large enough, he turns his attention to winning back a girl he lost years ago to a wealthy man.

Alan Ladd handles his characterization ably, making it as well-rounded as the yarn permits and fares better than other cast members in trying to make the surface characters come to life.

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

The Great Gatsby

Production

Paramount. Director Elliott Nugent; Producer Richard Maibaum; Screenplay Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum; Camera John F. Seitz; Editor Ellsworth Hoagland; Music Robert Emmett Dolan; Art Director Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Alan Ladd Betty Field Macdonald Carey Ruth Hussey Barry Sullivan Shelley Winters
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