(left) The first adaptation (1926) starred Oscar-winning silent star Warner Baxter. While this film has been tragically lost, its trailer suggests it was epic even sans words and colors.
(right) Easily overlooked is the 1949 Alan Ladd version in which both Carraway and Gatsby claim Minneapolis origins. But too many flashbacks remove too much of Gatsby’s mystique though Ladd does a better job selling his scrappy upbringing than does his successor The Sundance Kid.
(left) Heretofore the best-known Gatsby is Robert Redford in the 1974 feature that co-stars Mia Farrow. For my tastes he’s too mysterious for too long and those moviegoers unfamiliar will the book may find some things unresolved.
Readers: who’s the greatest Gatsby of them all?
Chris Miksanek, The Med City Movie Guy