The Great Gatsby
) is a silent film
adaptation of the novel of the same name
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
. The film was directed by Herbert Brenon
, produced by Adolph Zukor
and Jesse L. Lasky
at Famous Players-Lasky
, and released by Paramount Pictures
. The film is a famous example of a lost film
Background and production
This was the first filmed version of the novel. Two more films, in 1949
, and a television adaptation, in 2000, were to follow.
This version was based on the stage play by Owen Davis
, adapted from the novel, which was directed by George Cukor
and 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 Baxter
as Jay Gatsby, Lois Wilson
as Daisy Buchanan, Neil Hamilton
as Nick Carraway, Georgia Hale
as Myrtle Wilson, and William Powell
as George Wilson.
The film had a running time of 80 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 survive.
Professor Wheeler Winston Dixon
, James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the......