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