- The Great Gatsby (1926 film)
name = The Great Gatsby
Jesse L. Lasky Adolph Zukor
Georgia Hale William Powell
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation Paramount Pictures
released = 1926
runtime = 80 minutes
country = USA
imdb_id = 16938
"The Great Gatsby" is a 1926
silent filmadaptation of the novel " The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was made by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporationand Paramount Pictures, directed by Herbert Brenonand produced by Jesse L. Laskyand Adolph Zukor. The film is a famous example of a lost film.cite journal |last=Winston Dixon |first=Wheeler |year=2003 |title=The Three Film Versions of The Great Gatsby: A Vision Deferred |journal=Literature Film Quarterly |url=http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3768/is_200301/ai_n9219407 |accessdate= 2008-03-11 ]
Background and production
This version was based on the stage play by
Owen Davis, adapted from the novel, which was directed by George Cukorand opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on Feb 2, 1926. F. Scott Fitzgerald received US $45,000 for the film rights. The film was entrusted to a contract Paramount director, Herbert Brenon, and the screenplay to Becky Gardiner and Elizabeth Meehan, who supplied the adaptation.
The cast featured
Warner Baxteras Jay Gatsby, Lois Wilsonas Daisy Buchanan, Neil Hamilton as Nick Carraway, Georgia Haleas Myrtle Wilson, and William Powellas George Wilson.
The film had a running time of eighty minutes, or 7,296 feet and was designed as lightweight, popular entertainment, playing up the party scenes at Gatsby's mansion and emphasizing their scandalous elements.
No copies of the film are known to have survived.
Wheeler Winston Dixon, James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincolnmade extensive but unsuccessful attempts to find a copy. Dixon noted that there rumors that a copy survived in an unknown archive in Moscow but dismissed these rumors as unfounded.
It appears, however, that the trailer has survived and is one of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the
National Film Preservation Foundationfrom 5 American film archives. It is preserved by the Library of Congress(AFI/Jack Tillmany collection) and has a running time of 1 minute.
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