Playhouse 90

The Great Gatsby

Season 2, Ep 40, Aired 6/26/58
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  • Episode Description
  • The time is World War I. Jimmy Gatz, ambitious North Dakota farm boy, enlists in the Army and succeeds in earning a commission. In New York he becomes fascinated with the social whirl and the life of the very rich. In particular, he becomes fascinated with Daisy, the lovely young daughter of a prominent family. But though a romance begins, Daisy's family and the Army intervene. Gatz, who has changed his name to Jay Gatsby, is sent overseas, and the forlorn Daisy is persuaded to marry wealthy Tom Buchanan. Several years later, Gatsby, now a rich man himself, hatches an elaborate scheme to rekindle the romance.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Ryan

    Jay Gatsby

  • Jeanne Crain

    Daisy Bucahanan

  • Rod Taylor

    Nick Carraway

  • Virginia Grey

    Myrtle Wilson

  • Phillip Reed

    Tom Buchanan

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  • Notes (2)

    • F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, had been filmed twice before this teleplay aired. The first version was released in 1926 and starred Warner Baxter as Gatsby and Lois Wilson as Daisy. Neil Hamilton, better known as Commissioner Gordon to fans of the Batman TV series, played Nick Carraway in that production. The Great Gatsby was filmed again in 1949 with Alan Ladd as Gatsby and Betty Field as Daisy. 1974 saw the release of yet another version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow playing the two lead protagonists.

    • It's interesting to note that Robert Ryan, who plays the title role of Gatsby, was 47 when this episode aired. The Gatsby of the novel was a much younger man somewhere in his late 20's.

    Trivia (1)

    • During "The Great Gatsby," Philip Reed missed an entrance because he’d gotten so involved in watching the show.

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