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The Great Gatsby (1926)

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Critic Consensus: Dutifully adapted by director Herbert Brennon, The Great Gatsby faithfully enacts all the novel's prose -- but alas, it captures none of its poetry.

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Accurately described as "a beautiful job" by novelist John O'Hara, this 1926 silent version of F. Scott's Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby stars Warner Baxter in the title role. Self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby lacks only one thing in life: the love of the beautiful, impulsive Daisy Buchanan (Lois Wilson). Gatsby's carefully laid scheme to announce his intentions to take Daisy away from her cloddish husband Tom Buchanan (Hale Hamilton) goes horribly awry, setting the stage for the inexorable tragedies that follow. Georgia Hale, previously seen as Chaplin's vis-a-vis in The Gold Rush, is cast as Buchanan's pathetic low-life mistress Myrtle Wilson, while Neil Hamilton exudes dependability from every pore as Gatsby's loyal friend Nick Carraway. Among Fitzgerald adaptations, the 1926 Gatsby was actually filmed during the historical period it depicts (which wasn't historical at all back then). The property was remade in 1949 with Alan Ladd, then again in 1974 with Robert Redford.

Cast

Eric Blore
as Lord Digby
Georgia Hale
as Myrtle Wilson
Claire Whitney
as Catherine
Lois Wilson
as Daisy Buchanan
William Powell
as George Wilson
Neil Hamilton
as Nick Carraway
Hale Hamilton
as Tom Buchanan
Warner Baxter
as Jay Gatsby
George Nash
as Charles Wolf
Carmelita Geraghty
as Jordon Baker
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Critic Reviews for The Great Gatsby

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

It has the usual theatrical deficiencies of stories not originally conceived for the stage; but Owen Davis has adapted it very adroitly, keeping as much of the original dialogue as possible and filling in the gaps with intelligence and a happy invention.

July 14, 2021 | Full Review…

Most of the rest of Scott Fitzgerald's splendid story is brought out in the picture, but somewhere, in the translation into a mile of celluloid, the finer parts of the typed version have been lost.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

It is well done, but many persons will wonder whether it was worth doing at all. Seeing it will make nobody happy, nor will it send anybody away feeling more fit to battle against his own troubles.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Fitzgerald has certainly exposed to the public view modern life as one strata of society lives it. And the producers of the picture have made the presentation mode vivid.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

An interesting and intelligent picturization of a good novel.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

If you liked the book... you will like the picture better. If you liked the play -- you'll like the picture better. If you didn't care for either the book or the play -- you WILL care for the picture. THAT, if you ask me, is praise!

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

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